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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