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3 E. Texas meth smurfs plead guilty

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Harold Neyland (Source: Angelina County Jail) Harold Neyland (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Tabitha Hopson (Source: Angelina County Jail) Tabitha Hopson (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Laura Dixon (Source: Angelina County Jail) Laura Dixon (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Three more East Texas meth "smurfs" have entered guilty pleas for their part in a federal conspiracy case.

Federal records show Harold David Neyland, 65, of Lufkin, Tabitha Leanne Hopson, 24, of Corrigan, and Laura Elizabeth Dixon, 35, of Logansport, La., each pleaded guilty to possession of listed chemicals. Neyland also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth.

For Neyland, his charge of conspiracy alleges he and Don Michael Campbell, 38, of Lufkin, utilized locations in and around Angelina County to cook meth. It also alleges they conspired with six others to purchase pseudeophedrine from various pharmacies from several different counties.

Neyland's charge of possession alleges he purchased pseudeophedrine from Walgreen's in Lufkin on July 7, 2012.

The practice of purchasing pseudeophedrine with the intent of it being used to make meth is known in inside circles as "smurfing."

Hopson pleaded guilty to count 24, possession of listed chemicals. It alleges she purchased pseudeophedrine from CVS in Lufkin on March 12, 2010.

Dixon pleaded to count 27, possession of listed chemicals. It alleges she purchased pseudeophedrine from Walgreen's in Lufkin on July 7, 2011.

Federal Judge Ron Clark has granted a continuance for one of the co-defendants, Melissa Denise Dixon, 29, of Lufkin. The jury selection and trial is scheduled for Dec. 10. Any motion for continuance must be filed by Nov. 12.

Below are the names and current statuses of the co-defendants:

Harold David Neyland, 65, Lufkin: Pleaded guilty to two counts on Oct. 31.

Don Michael Campbell, 38, Lufkin: Pleaded guilty to two counts on Oct. 29.

Tabitha Leanne Hopson, 24, Corrigan: Pleaded guilty to one count on Oct. 30.

Laura E. Dixon, 35, Logansport, La.: Pleaded guilty to one count on Oct. 30.

Mark Dwaine Helton, 45, Diboll: Plea hearing scheduled for Oct. 31 (records not yet available).

Frank Simon Lopez Jr., 30, Lufkin: Plea hearing scheduled for Oct. 31 (records not yet available).

Leia Renee Lopez, 44, Lufkin: Plea hearing scheduled for Oct. 31 (records not yet available).

Melissa Denise Dixon, 29, Lufkin: Motion to continue granted.

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