Feds indict two for alleged meth dealing

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Separate federal indictments handed down in the last days of June for two men allege they were distributing methamphetamine in the area.

Andre Scoggins, 48, is accused in a four-count indictment of distributing more than five grams of meth Sept. 27, 2018, and more than 50 grams of meth on Nov. 8, 2018; Jan. 8, 2019, and Feb. 19, 2019 in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas. Scoggins appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant for arraignment June 28 with Texarkana attorney Jeff Harrelson.

Harrelson entered pleas of not guilty to all four counts. The case is set for jury selection Aug. 19 before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey.

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Gerson Eduardo “G-Star” Magana, 23, appeared July 2 for arraignment before Bryant with Texarkana attorney John Pickett. Magana is charged in a two-count indictment with distributing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine April 19, 2018, and June 19, 2018. Pickett entered pleas of not guilty to both counts. Magana’s case is set for jury selection before Hickey on Aug. 20.

Both men remain in federal custody. Neither has requested a bond hearing and the government has filed notice requesting that the defendants remain behind bars while their cases are pending.

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