Lufkin meth smurf gets 5-year sentence - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Lufkin meth smurf gets 5-year sentence

Frank Lopez (Source: Angelina County Jail) Frank Lopez (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A federal judge has approved a five-year prison sentence for a Lufkin man who participated in a meth conspiracy ring.

Frank Simon Lopez, 31, will serve two years of supervised release once he is out of prison.

Lopez pleaded guilty on Oct. 31 to Count 39, which alleges he purchased the drug from Walmart in Lufkin on Oct. 18, 2011.

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

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

Harold David Neyland, 65, Lufkin: Pleaded guilty to two counts on Oct. 31. Sentencing date not yet set.

Don Michael Campbell, 38, Lufkin: Pleaded guilty to two counts on Oct. 29. Sentenced to 60 months in prison.

Tabitha Leanne Hopson, 24, Corrigan: Pleaded guilty to one count on Oct. 30. Sentencing date not yet set.

Laura E. Dixon, 35, Logansport, La.: Pleaded guilty to one count on Oct. 30. Sentencing date not yet set.

Mark Dwaine Helton, 45, Diboll: Pleaded guilty to one count on Oct. 31. Sentencing set for March 12.

Frank Simon Lopez Jr., 30, Lufkin: Pleaded guilty to one count on Oct. 31. Sentenced to 60 months in prison.

Leia Renee Lopez, 34, Lufkin: Pleaded guilty to one count on Oct. 31. Sentencing date not yet set.

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