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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2013

Louisiana Man Sentenced for Purchasing Cold Pills in East Texas

TYLER, Texas – A48-year-old Shreveport, LA man has been sentenced for federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Jay S. Gaines pleaded guilty on Sep. 4, 2012, to possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

            According to information presented in court, on Apr. 4, 2011, Gaines purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walmart store in Longview, Texas with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.  Within an hour, Gaines also made two other purchases of cold pills at another Walmart store and a Walgreens store in Longview. 

            Gaines’ co-defendants have all been sentenced.  Jimmie Langston, Jr., was sentenced on Oct. 4, 2012 to 120 months in federal prison.  Donnie Regis was sentenced to 75 months on June 21, 2012.  Christopher Conley received a sentence of 100 months on Jan. 17, 2012.  Connie Parker was sentenced to 70 months on Feb. 8, 2012.  Stacy Campbell was sentenced to 75 months on June 1, 2012.  Keith Kates received a 70 month sentence on June 21, 2012.  Penny Mooney was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison on Feb. 8, 2012. 

            This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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