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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2013

Louisiana Man Sentenced for Dealing Meth in East Texas

TYLER, Texas – A35-year-old Zwolle, LA man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Kinte Varness Garner pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2012, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 262 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.  Garner was also ordered to submit to forfeiture of $5,000.00.

According to information presented in court, up until September 2011, Garner conspired with another person to acquire and distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine throughout the Tyler, Texas area.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 5, 2011, charging Garner with federal violations.

Garner’s co-defendant, Camera Neal Holden, Jr., was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison on Sep. 11, 2012.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Canton Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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