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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2013

Upshur County Woman Gulity of Drug Trafficking

 MARSHALL, Texas – A 23-year-old Gilmer, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Lindsey Noel Rawls pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne. 

            According to information presented in court, on Feb. 7, 2013, Rawls possessed approximately 37 grams of a mixture containing heroin and 15 capsules, also containing a heroin substance.  Rawls admitted to traveling with co-defendant William Griffin to Dallas to acquire the heroin.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Mar. 27, 2013, charging nine individuals with drug trafficking violations. 

            Rawls faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Gilmer Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.


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