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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2013

Smith County Man and Woman Guilty of Methamphetamine Violations

              TYLER, Texas – A Tyler, Texas man and woman have pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Juan Dedias Herrera, 29, and Lamanda McCoy, 34, both pleaded guilty to the distribution of more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

                According to information presented in court, on Oct. 31, 2011, Herrera agreed to acquire and distribute methamphetamine with another person.  McCoy admitted to being in possession of methamphetamine on Apr.20, 2011. 

                A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Feb. 1, 2012 charging Herrera and McCoy with federal drug trafficking crimes. 

Herrera faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison.  McCoy faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing.  Sentencing dates have not been set. 

                This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

 

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