By James Clark - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Five more people plead guilty in a Lubbock smurfing conspiracy. Smurfing is the process of buying small, legal quantities of Pseudo-ephedrine and then combining them into larger illegal quantities for use in Meth-amphetamines.
Earlier this week, we reported that Lonnie Ray Warren, 48, of Meadow and Shannon Ailene Nolan, 25, of Lubbock pleaded guilty.
On Tuesday, Gary Alan Jones, 48, of Lubbock; Kathy Jolee Allen, 35, of Lubbock; Danny Jack Allen, 42, of Lubbock; Kelly Joann Spruiell, 35, of Lubbock; and Dee Je Estep, 32, of Lubbock all pleaded guilty in the same case.
Each pleaded guilty to Possession of Pseudo-ephedrine With Intent to Manufacture Meth-amphetamines. Each will be sentenced at a later date to no more than the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Had they not agreed to plea bargains and if they had also been found guilty, then they could have faced life in prison for the original 428-count indictment.
Only one federally charged defendant in the case has not pleaded guilty. Gordon Michael Rives, 39, of Lubbock, is tentatively scheduled for trial on January 3, 2011. Several other defendants were charged at the state level instead of federal court.
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