Gregg Co. man sentenced in cold pill case

Leslie Dewayne Butler. Photo Source: Gregg County Courts
Leslie Dewayne Butler. Photo Source: Gregg County Courts

Released by U.S. Attorney's Office:

TYLER, TX – A 29-year-old Longview, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Leslie Dewayne Butler pleaded guilty on July 20, 2010 to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

According to information presented in court, on Jan. 10, 2009, Butler purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walgreens in Longview in addition to making four other purchases that same day at other stores in the area, as well as numerous other purchases at other stores on other days, all in furtherance of his methamphetamine manufacturing activities.

A federal grand jury returned a 256-count indicted on Feb. 2, 2010 charging Butler with federal drug violations. Co-defendants Shannon Sue Guess, Jeremy Kristopher Ivie and Christy Renee Tull were sentenced to federal prison on Dec. 1, 2010.

This case was 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.