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Federal grand jury indicts 8 alleged ETX meth smurfs

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A federal grand jury has indicted eight more East Texans charged in a meth conspiracy case.

The indictment alleges the eight have conspired since 2008 to manufacture meth with Harold David Neyland and Don Michael Campbell, both of Lufkin, being the ringleaders of the operation.

All eight are accused of purchasing pseudoephedrine from Walmart, Walgreen's and CVS for the purpose of it being used to make meth. They are also accused of trafficking pseudeophedrine from the counties of Nacogdoches, Liberty, Smith, Walker, Polk, Cherokee, Jefferson, Harris, Henderson, Panola, Travis and Montgomery to Angelina County.

The practice is known in inside circles as "smurfing."

The indictment further alleges that Frank Simon Lopez Jr., of Lufkin, possessed iodine with the intention of making meth.

Count 51 of the indictment alleges Campbell ran a meth lab on the 500 block of Vine Street in Lufkin on April 3.

Below are the names and current statuses of the suspects:

Harold David Neyland, 65, Lufkin: No initial appearance scheduled.

Don Michael Campbell, 38, Lufkin: In custody pending hearing on Aug. 21.

Tabitha Leanne Hopson, 24, Corrigan: In custody pending hearing on Aug. 21.

Laura E. Dixon, 35, Logansport, La.: In custody pending hearing on Aug. 21.

Mark Dwaine Helton, 45, Diboll: In custody pending hearing on Aug. 21.

Frank Simon Lopez Jr., 30, Lufkin: In custody pending hearing on Aug. 21.

Leia Renee Lopez, 44, Lufkin: In custody pending hearing on Aug. 21.

Melissa Denise Dixon, 29, Lufkin: In custody pending hearing on Aug. 21.

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