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June 26, 2013

Harrison County Man and Woman Sentenced for Drug Violations

MARSHALL, Texas – A Karnack, Texas man and woman have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Gregory Scott Covey, 42, pleaded guilty on Aug. 8, 2012, to possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to 110 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap.

Christine Francis Sirmans, 45, pleaded guilty on Aug. 7, 2012, to possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison today by Judge Gilstrap.

                According to information presented in court, from Mar. 21, 2010 to Sep. 3, 2010, Covey purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at stores in Marshall, Texas, at least 32 times.  From Oct. 12, 2008 to Nov. 16, 2010, Sirmans purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at stores in Marshall and Carthage, Texas, at least 74 times.  The cold pills were purchased to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  An 839-count federal indicted was returned on Feb. 1, 2012, charging Covey and Sirmans and 15 other co-defendants with federal drug crimes.  Of those defendants, 16 have been convicted. 

               This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

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