Lubbock man admits to Smurfing, faces up to life in prison - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock man admits to Smurfing, faces up to life in prison

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By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One of the federal defendants in a "drug smurfing" conspiracy case pleads guilty.  Smurfing is the process of collecting pseudo-ephedrine in small, legal amounts and then combining them into larger illegal amounts.  Pseudo-ephedrine can be used to make meth-amphetamines.

Gordon Michael Rives, 40, of Lubbock admits to possession of pseudo-ephedrine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  He faces no more than 20 years on the first charge, and up to life in prison on the second charge.  He'll be sentenced in Lubbock federal court at a later date.

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