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E. Texas meth cook forced to surrender self to federal custody

David Dunman mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail. David Dunman mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN,TX (KTRE) - A federal judge has ordered a Lufkin man who has pleaded guilty to a federal meth conspiracy to turn himself in to federal marshals in 10 days.

Federal prosecutors had requested that David Arthur Dunman Jr., 52, be placed immediately in federal custody, but Magistrate Judge Zach Hawthorn gave Dunman the opportunity to turn himself in on November 28, but 8:30 a.m.

Dunman has been on house arrest since July, when he was named in a 66-count indictment alleging he was part of a four-member meth conspiracy ring. He pleaded guilty in October to federal charges of conspiracy to manufacture and possession of listed chemicals.

Prosecutors filed the motion, saying federal law requires a defendant be detained when found guilty of a crime in the Controlled Substance Act which carries a maximum punishment of 10 years or more.

In the Lufkin courtroom, Dunman's attorney, Al Charanza, argued that Dunman has had a clean record all his life and he had been fully compliant with his release conditions since July.

Hawthorn agreed Dunman had been compliant, noting he wished all under release conditions were as compliant.

"I'm putting myself on the line for you," Hawthorn told Dunman. "Don't let me down. Don't."

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