Court dates set for alleged ETX meth smurfs

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A federal judge has set court dates for eight East Texans charged in a meth conspiracy case.

The eight are scheduled for a jury selection and trial on Oct. 10. Any motion for continuance must be filed by Sept. 10.

An 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."

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

Don Michael Campbell, 38, Lufkin: Consented to remain in detention.

Tabitha Leanne Hopson, 24, Corrigan: Waived right to detention hearing.

Laura E. Dixon, 35, Logansport, La.: Consented to remain in detention.

Mark Dwaine Helton, 45, Diboll: Waived right to detention hearing.

Frank Simon Lopez Jr., 30, Lufkin: Waived right to detention hearing.

Leia Renee Lopez, 44, Lufkin: Aug. 23 detention hearing.

Melissa Denise Dixon, 29, Lufkin: Information on detention not available.