Woman guilty of buying cold pills to make meth

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by the East Texas U.S. Attorney's Office:

TYLER, TX – A 38-year-old Carthage, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Joann Morgan pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

According to information presented in court, on Feb. 17, 2009, Morgan purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walgreens in Marshall, Texas, in addition to making three other purchases that same day at other Walgreens stores in Marshall, Longview and Kilgore, as well as numerous other purchases at other stores on other days, all in furtherance of her methamphetamine manufacturing activities. A federal grand jury returned a 54-count indictment on Apr. 8, 2010 charging Morgan with federal drug violations.

Morgan faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the Texas DPS Criminal Investigations Division, the Panola County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Gregg County CODE Unit, the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, the Upshur County Sheriff's Office, the Gilmer Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff's Office, the Jefferson Police Department, the Henderson Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Harrison County Sheriff's Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.