Panola County Man Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking, Obstruction Charges
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 29-year-old Carthage, Texas man has been indicted for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Winfred Earl Ware, Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 14, 2018, and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, obstruction of due administration of justice, and tampering with a witness by misleading conduct. Ware appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin today for an initial appearance.
The indictment alleges that from 2014 through 2017, Ware conspired with others to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The indictment further alleges that between May and July 2018, Ware obstructed or influenced information regarding the administration of justice in his prior federal criminal case and knowingly engaged in misleading conduct with the intent to prevent the testimony of a witness in that case.
If convicted, Ware faces a minimum of 10 years and up to Life in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Hable and Lauren Gaston.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.