Four other people are facing their own federal charges of distributing methamphetamine in the area, according to recently-unsealed federal indictments.
That’s in addition to an unrelated federal indictment against six Panola County residents unsealed Wednesday.
John Michael Barton and Melody Ann Hawthorne, ages and city of residence unknown, have been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Barton and Hawthorne were named in an Aug. 19 indictment alongside Tree Dee Slankard, 57, of DeBerry. Slankard had previously been arrested by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office in September. Barton was arrested Nov. 6, and Hawthorne was arrested Nov. 2, according to the court docket.
The trio are accused of distributing methamphetamine beginning in March 2018. Federal prosecutors, in the indictment, note they are seeking $50,000 in cash proceeds from the drug sales as a criminal forfeiture.
In a separate case, a DeBerry man and a Carthage man are accused of distributing meth beginning around October 2017.
Brian Cleveland Bridges, 46, of Carthage and Alton James Guill, 37, are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The Panola County Sheriff’s Office arrested Guill in September, while Bridges was booked into the Gregg County Jail on Tuesday.
Prosecutors are seeking $5,000 in cash as part of a criminal forfeiture.