4 Plead Guilty For Role in Drug Ring

Authorities said four Dallas-area residents pleaded guilty Friday to various offenses for their roles in a drug distribution ring.

Dallas residents 29-year-old Crystal Nicole Burks, 36-year-old Keith Deon Noel and 35-year-old Lee Santrell Boston pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone and alprazolam in a Lubbock court, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Balch Springs' John "Leo" Conte Smith, 35, pleaded guilty to the same offense.

According to plea documents, Smith gave the other three genuine prescription forms filled out with false patient names to have them fill between February and July near Dallas, Abilene and Lubbock. Abilene police arrested Burks, Noel and Boston after passing forged prescriptions May 22.

Authorities said they obtained a search warrant for Smith's home July 2. Upon searching the home, law enforcement officials found filled prescriptions, prepared prescription and a handgun and ammunition.

Each faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine.

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