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Hayden Collin

TEXARKANA, Texas —  The jury in a drug trafficking case returned a mixed verdict late Friday evening at the federal courthouse in downtown Texarkana.

Collin Garrett Hayden, 28, was acquitted by the jury of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and of carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Hayden was convicted of witness tampering/intimidation.

Hayden pleaded guilty March 2, the first day of trial, to possessing contraband in the Titus County jail in Mount Pleasant last year. Hayden dismantled a ceiling smoke detector and its housing and threatened correctional staff with an eight-inch bolt he later flushed down the toilet in his one-man cell.

Hayden made threats to harm his co-defendants in the case, particularly Timothy Harper, a man who was once his friend and roommate. Hayden, whose forearm is adorned with a tattoo associated with white supremacist groups such as the Aryan Brotherhood, threatened that he would enlist such gang members to assault Harper during his incarceration.

Hayden will be scheduled for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III on the witness tampering and contraband charges once the court has received a pre-sentence report which will include a recommendation for punishment under federal sentencing guidelines.

A number of Hayden's co-defendants have pleaded guilty and been sentenced, while others named in charging documents have yet to be arrested.

Harper, Hayden's former roommate and the co-defendant he is accused of threatening, was sentenced Dec. 12, 2018, to more than 15 years in prison as part of a plea agreement on a charge of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. Daniel Enrique Montes-Munoz was sentenced Jan. 14 to 97 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Jason Wayne McLemore was sentenced Feb. 15, 2018, to 151 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Gerald Clinton Davis was sentenced Oct. 15, 2018, to 120 months for the same crime.

Hayden is represented by Longview, Texas, lawyer Charles Van Cleef. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Hornok and Donald Carter represent the government.

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