Panola County citizens face federal meth charges

Pictured clockwise from top left are: Devin Pelzl, Lavara Hinton, Leon Allison, David Anderson and Perry Hinton.

Six Panola County residents are facing federal drug charges related to the distribution of methamphetamine, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.

Five of the six were booked into Gregg County jail on Tuesday on U.S. Marshall detainers: Lavara Geray Hinton, 38, of Beckville; Perry Cornelius Hinton, 41, of DeBerry; David Wayne Anderson, 41, of DeBerry; Devin Lee Pelzl, 41, of Carthage; and Leon Allison, 49, of Carthage.

Alex Christopher Hinton was identified as a sixth person indicted in the case, according to records, but the federal case docket did not list his arrest.

All six are charged with conspiracy to possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), with federal officials alleging the group distributed 50 grams or more of actual meth and 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing meth beginning in August 2017.

Lavara Hinton is also charged with 18 counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Federal prosecutors are seeking $100,000 in cash from the drug sales as a criminal forfeiture.

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