☷Panola County Men Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking Crimes
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( By Press Release office)
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TYLER , Texas – Three brothers and another man , all from Carthage , have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas , announced U . S . Attorney Brit Featherston today . Lavara Geray Hinton , 39 , pleaded guilty on July 22 , 2021; Perry Cornelius Hinton , 42 , pleaded guilty on May 6 , 2021; Alex Christopher Hinton , 41 , pleaded guilty on May 19 , 2021; and David Wayne Anderson , 41 , pleaded guilty on July 22 , 2021 - - all to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine . Lavara Hinton was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison , Perry Hinton was sentenced to 64 months in federal prison , Alex Hinton was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison , and David Anderson was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by U . S . District Judge J . Campbell Barker . According to information presented in court , the Hinton brothers , Anderson , and other co - conspirators purchased bulk methamphetamine from various suppliers and distributed it to mid - level dealers and retail customers in the Panola County area . Lavara Hinton would accept firearms in trade for methamphetamine and would later sell the firearms . Lavara Hinton sold more than 600 grams of pure methamphetamine and 33 firearms to confidential informants working with law enforcement . Perry and Alex Hinton assisted Lavara Hinton by coordinating bulk methamphetamine purchases from their suppliers and also sold methamphetamine to their own customer bases . Anderson purchased methamphetamine from Lavara Hinton for personal use and for further distribution to his own customers . The Hinton brothers , Anderson , and two others whose cases remain pending were indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep . 17 , 2020 , and charged with federal drug trafficking and firearms violations . This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force ( OCDETF ) operation . OCDETF identifies , disrupts , and dismantles the highest - level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor - led , intelligence - driven , multi - agency approach . Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www . justice . gov/OCDETF . This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms , and Explosives , the Drug Enforcement Administration , the Panola County Sheriff ' s Office , the Gregg County Sheriff ' s Office , and prosecuted by Assistant U . S . Attorney D . Ryan Locker . ### Dallas Field Division
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