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Gilmer couple get sentences in federal drug distribution case

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TYLER, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say an East Texas woman and her husband have been sentenced to federal prison for running a synthetic marijuana trafficking ring.

Shanna Peek Tidwell of Gilmer was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison. She pleaded guilty in December to a drug-related conspiracy count.

A judge in Tyler earlier sentenced Jeremy Chad Tidwell to five years. Jeremy Tidwell in November pleaded guilty to a drug-related conspiracy count that prosecutors say involved distribution and possession with intent to distribute synthetic drugs.

Officers in 2014 raided four Longview businesses operated by the couple, who must also forfeit $1.2 million, property, two airplanes, several automobiles and firearms.

Jeremy Tidwell's brother, Brian Tidwell of Arlington, pleaded guilty to one count related to receipt of altered consumer products and received six months of probation.

The trio was arrested in 2014, charged with conspiring to distribute an illegal substance and money laundering. In December 2014, a police raid in Longview seized 300 to 500 pounds of K2 or Spice, a type of synthetic marijuana during a search and seizure effort being called, “Pin the Tail on the Dragon.”

 

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