THREE MORE DEFENDANTS SENTENCED IN “SMURFING” CASE
DALLAS — At a sentencing hearing that concluded late Friday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn sentenced three more defendants in an over-the-counter “pill smurfing” conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. “Smurfing” is the term used to describe the unlawful practice of making numerous purchases of over-the-counter medication containing pseudoephedrine so that it can be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
All nine defendants charged in the conspiracy pleaded guilty to their roles; eight have been sentenced. All but Terry Kolb are residents of Wichita Fallas, Texas. Kolb is from Arlington, Texas.
Joseph Enox, 37 221 months
Kurt Wayne, 31 240 months
Kimberly Logan, 45 156 months
Dusty Gee, 29 73 months
Debra Sutton, 46 73 months
Margaret McCoy, 53 73 months
Terry Kolb, 47 73 months
Robert Seitz, 20 73 months
Defendant Elicia Johnson, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 1, 2011. All defendants admitted that they conspired to possess and distribute a “list I chemical” (pseudoephedrine) knowing and have reasonable cause to believe this chemical would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, a controlled substance.
According to documents filed in the case, in 2009, state and federal law enforcement officers began investigating the smurfing of over-the-counter cold and allergy medication containing pseudoephedrine in the DFW area. The investigation revealed that several individuals, including Sutton, Kolb, Seitz, Gee, Kimberly Logan, Elicia Johnson, and Margaret McCoy were acquiring the pseudoephedrine through multiple purchases of over-the-counter medication, which was subsequently given to Enox and Kurt Wayne, who used it to manufacture the methamphetamine in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office.
Deputy Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay is in charge of the prosecution.