10 indicted in East Texas methamphetamine, weapons ring

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 10 people have been indicted in a two-year investigation of a methamphetamine and weapons ring in East Texas.

U.S. Attorney John Bales says five suspects were being held Wednesday, while the search continues for the other defendants.

Indictments returned July 1 led to law officers from several agencies carrying out search warrants Tuesday in Lufkin and Diboll (DY'-bahl). Authorities confiscated firearms, about 26 pounds of methamphetamine, $20,000 and eight vehicles.

The suspects face charges including conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime.

Conviction on the conspiracy count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The weapons count carries a minimum five years in prison.