On Sept. 24, a judge in Texas sentenced the alleged leader of a methamphetamine distribution ring to serve 270 months in prison, or about 22.5 years. The 44-year-old man was reportedly the last of eight co-defendants to be sentenced by a Dallas federal court judge for charges from a January 2013 indictment. As the purported leader of the drug conspiracy, the accused man received the longest prison sentence.
Before they were handed the drug distribution charges, alleged members of the North Texas drug ring were the subjects of an investigation by the FBI and other departments. Authorities obtained much of the information about the group's drug activities through audio recordings of the accused man. The wiretap that was used apparently recorded the man as he discussed narcotics transactions with other members of the group.