Two plead guilty in Lubbock smurfing case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Two plead guilty in Lubbock smurfing case

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two people indicted in a Lubbock smurfing conspiracy have pleaded guilty. Smurfing is the process of buying pseudo-ephedrine in small legal amounts at various pharmacies.  From there, drug dealers can combine pseudo-ephedrine into a large enough amount to make meth-amphetamines. 

Lonnie Ray Warren, 48, of Meadow pleaded guilty last week to possession of pseudo-ephedrine with intent to manufacture meth-amphetamine.  Shannon Ailene Nolan, 25, of Lubbock also pleaded guilty on the same charge.  The maximum penalty is 20 years in prison.  Both will be sentenced at a later date. 

Eight defendants were charged at the federal level with several others facing state charges. 

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