Federal grand jury indicts Lufkin man on PCP peddling charge

George Benton (Source: Angelina County Jail)
George Benton (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Lufkin man accused of selling PCP in November.

George Kenneth Benton Jr., 50, is charged with possession with the intent to distribute phencyclidine and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Benton was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Monday, where he is waiting for his initial court appearance at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The indictment alleges Benton distributed PCP on Nov. 1, 2011, and used a .357 Taurus Brasil revolver to conduct his business.

Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested Benton that day after he allegedly wrecked into the back of an 18-wheeler on US 59 South, then tried to run away from the scene and fought with deputies when they caught up to him.

The deputies found Benton to be in possession of PCP and found the gun in his vehicle, Sheriff Thomas Kerss said.

If convicted, Benton faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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