Lufkin federal PCP suspect going to psych ward

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

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man charged in federal court for dealing PCP will be evaluated in a mental health facility.

According to a document filed Friday, Judge Zach Hawthorn approved George Kenneth Benton Jr., 50, be sent to a medical center for federal prisoners, where he will be examined by a professional to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

A grand jury indicted Benton in June on charges of possession with the intent to distribute phencyclidine and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested Benton Nov. 1, 2011, 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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