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Accused drug distribution ring leader sentenced

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.

Texas man detained for allegedly growing marijuana plants

On Sept. 15, a 24-year-old man from Paris, Texas, was taken into custody for possession of controlled substances. It was reported by police that the man was seen carrying a large military knife and a jar of marijuana as he walked around the vicinity of the 1800 block of NW Loop 286.

According to the sources, the man admitted to police the day after his detainment that he grew the marijuana in his apartment and gave them permission to search the premises. When police searched the man's residence in the 1600 block of NW Loop 286, they found over 30 marijuana plants and equipment to cultivate them. The man also had firearms in his apartment. He now faces additional drug possession charges.

8th marijuana ring defendant in Texas pleads guilty

The eighth defendant in a money-laundering and marijuana distribution ring pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court. Reports suggest that he was allegedly part of a ring that transported drugs from Texas to Virginia over a 3-year period.

According to court documents, the defendant made contact with the alleged drug ring in 2009 when he purchased marijuana from a man in New Market, Virginia. Reports claim that he became involved in drug distribution when he started purchasing the marijuana and sold what he did not use to others. According to reports, the man's father also participated in illegal activity, delivering the marijuana to Virginia in a commercial vehicle. Official documents suggest that the defendant typically bought the marijuana at $1,000 to $1,100 per pound.

Chemistry teacher's home raided by SWAT team

A married couple in Texas was charged for drug possession after a Montgomery County SWAT team raided their home on Sept. 12. According to police, the woman was a chemistry teacher at Oak Ridge High School and Lone Star College. Her backpack allegedly contained several ingredients for creating "date-rape drugs."

During the search of the couple's home, authorities claim they discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and several different prescription drugs as well. A loaded firearm was also reportedly found at the residence. As a result of the search, the woman was charged for drug possession with intent to deliver and manufacture a controlled substance. Her husband faces charges for possession of a controlled substance, aggravated possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of a firearm.

Man faces drug charges after traffic stop in Southern Texas

On Sept. 7, law enforcement officials took a 32-year-old man into custody on drug-related charges following a traffic stop in Laredo. Reportedly, Webb County Sheriff's Office deputies executed the traffic stop at approximately 3 a.m. in proximity to an elementary school.

Purportedly, the 32-year-old man was behind the wheel of the vehicle. Deputies allegedly observed that the man was in possession of cocaine. Moreover, a 35-year-old male passenger in the vehicle was carrying a firearm, according to officials.

Pharmaceutical drug bust ends with 23 in custody

A Texas investigation that spanned 10 months and multiple agencies has led to the detention of 23 individuals. Six people remain at large and are considered fugitives in the case. Reports indicate that at least 6,600 doses of prescription medicines and 60 prescriptions were involved. Drug charges in this case include fraudulent and stolen prescriptions and doctor shopping. Drugs allegedly involved include oxycodone, a drug with a street value of up to $20 per pill, and hydrocodone, a drug with a street value of up to $10 for a dose of 325 mg.

The act of doctor shopping allowed the accused individuals to obtain multiple prescriptions from legitimate professionals and to fill them at valid pharmacies. The individuals taken into custody in this instance are all based in El Paso with the trafficking also occurring locally. Officials note that the potential effects of these pharmaceutical drugs can be serious, resulting in death or other adverse results.

Man accused of having a mobile meth lab

A 27-year-old Texas man was recently taken into custody and accused of various drug offenses. According to police, the man had weapons and narcotics in his hotel room and vehicle, which were searched during an investigation that took place Sept. 2. He has been preliminarily charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, which may be a second degree felony because he was allegedly within a school zone when the incident occurred.

Sources say that the man was staying at a Sleep Inn in Tyler. Hotel staff reportedly found suspicious materials in his room and requested that police arrive investigate the scene. Officers say that the defendant consented to searches of the room and his personal vehicle. During the searches, police allegedly discovered several firearms, methamphetamine and materials allegedly used to operate a mobile methamphetamine laboratory.

Judge sentences man to 40 years in prison for meth

A 24-year-old man in Texas was handed a 40-year prison sentence after being convicted of meth possession and other charges. The drug charges were the result of a police raid on the man's home in Grayson County and two prior traffic stops. A 33-year-old woman who was in the man's home during the search and in his car during one of the traffic stops was also charged for possession of methamphetamines.

The first traffic stop took place in Anna on Oct. 20, 2013. Police officers allegedly found a half-pound of meth in the accused man's vehicle. Four days after the first stop, police who conducted a traffic stop in Sherman determined that the man was in possession of one to four grams of meth. According to investigators, the man had been making regular trips to Dallas around that time in which he would collect packages of meth valued at approximately $10,000.

2 individuals accused of transporting marijuana through Texas

Two individuals were taken into custody on Aug. 28 in Texas after police allegedly seized 10 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle after a traffic stop. According to the report, a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety stopped the 2014 Dodge Charger at approximately 1:19 p.m. after the driver allegedly committed a traffic violation while traveling in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40.

The two accused individuals were identified as a 33-year-old woman from Pennsylvania and a 26-year-old man from New York. It was not stated what traffic violation they supposedly committed. Upon searching the vehicle, the officer was said to have discovered the alleged marijuana worth approximately $44,000 in the trunk. The report claimed that the marijuana was in the process of being transported from California to New York.

Four-and-a-half tons of marijuana plants seized

According to a report from a local news source on August 27, authorities in Texas discovered approximately 11,500 marijuana plants hidden on an old dairy farm approximately 25 miles from the border. The two-acre farm near Harlingen was first discovered on August 13 by the Willacy County Sheriff's Office. In efforts to ensure that the marijuana would not keep growing, law enforcement officials spent more than a day hand-picking the plants.

The 9,000 pounds worth of plants were estimated to be worth about $10 million. Authorities received a call on the night of August 12 from a man who claimed he had been assaulted and held captive at a stash house in the area for three weeks. He tried to lead deputies to the location that evening but was unable to find it in the dark. They returned the next day and were led to the crop when 12 immigrants ran from an abandoned barn and into the marijuana. Willacy County's sheriff told the news source he believed the man who reported the location and the immigrants had been forced to tend to the crop.

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