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Marshall man faces 20 years in prison for manufacturing meth

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 4:49pm

A 52-year-old Marshall, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Randy Lee Smart pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne.

According to information presented in court, on June 13, 2010, Smart purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a CVS store in Marshall, Texas with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Smart also admitted that the total quantity of pseudoephedrine that he possessed was between 100 and 300 grams. Smart was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 4, 2011.

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

This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson.

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