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Texas authorities accuse 7 of involvement in meth ring

On Jan. 12, it was announced that Texas authorities took seven people into custody following several months of investigation into an alleged methamphetamine ring. The report stated that the drugs and firearms associated with the alleged ring were discovered during the execution of search warrants into multiple residences on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9.

The first group of search warrants were executed in Comal, Kendall and Kerr counties. During the searches, the authorities reportedly recovered around 14 ounces of methamphetamine and firearms. Four people, who were identified as a 22-year-old woman, a 26-year-old man, a 27-year-old man and a 54-year-old man, were charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with an intent to distribute.

Texas man pleads guilty to conspiring to sell methamphetamine

On Jan. 12, a 35-year-old Texas man who was accused of conspiring to sell methamphetamine pleaded guilty. It was stated in the report that the man's trial was scheduled to start on Jan. 12, but the man, who was accused of transporting and distributing the drug from Houston to the Winnfield area between 2011 and 2012, instead entered the plea.

Several others were also accused of being involved in the conspiracy. They were identified as a 36-year-old Winnfield man, a 29-year-old Winnfield man and a 31-year-old Deridder man. Authorities claimed that the defendant supplied the methamphetamines to the 36-year-old man, who would then arrange with the other accused individuals to transport the drugs to Louisiana. The other three individuals involved in the conspiracy all pleaded guilty to the charges. Their sentencing date was scheduled to be Jan. 22.

Son of drug cartel leader accused of smuggling ammunition

In early January, a man was accused of attempting to transport ammunition and drugs from Texas into Mexico. The accused man is reportedly the son of an infamous Mexican drug cartel leader who was handed a 25-year prison sentence in 2007 for a five-count indictment. The father's charges included drug trafficking, attempted murder, assault on federal agents and money laundering. He was accused of running the Gulf Cartel, which remains one of the largest drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico.

The recent incident involving the son took place while he was attempting to drive across a bridge over the Rio Grande in his Cadillac Escalade SUV. When U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents stopped the vehicle, they found several different types of ammunition and magazines hidden within the center console and glove box of the car. A pat-down of the driver led to the discovery of 14.2 grams of marijuana in his underwear.

Texas traffic stop leads to drug charges

A Commerce woman was arrested on several drug charges and a misdemeanor warrant on Jan. 2 around 7:30 p.m. during a routine traffic stop. She was found to be carrying close to $1,500 in illegal substances. Officers seized the woman and took her to the Hunt County Jail, where was held on a $130,000 bond.

Officers discovered that the woman was concealing several drugs. They found LSD in her purse and a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine in her car. More drugs were found on her during the booking process. Police confiscated 175 units of LSD and 6 grams of the possible meth. The charges the woman faces include the misdemeanor warrant, manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone and possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

Texas lawmakers suggest new drug abuse databases

Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in the country today and especially so in Texas. Lawmakers in the state hope to crack down on a problem called doctor shopping, which refers to the way in which some addicts see multiple doctors to obtain prescriptions for the same drug.

Legislators working in the state hope to introduce a new law that will require doctors to check a series of databases before prescribing some of the more popular recreation drugs. These databases will inform doctors as to whether a patient received the same drug or a similar drug in the past. Legislators hope that using these databases will prevent patients from abusing prescription drugs.

Man arrested for alleged $27 million meth smuggling attempt

Authorities with the U.S. Customs and Border Control arrested a 51-year-old man from Mexico for allegedly trying to smuggle more than $27 million of methamphetamine into the country. According to reports, the incident occurred on Dec. 26 south of Harlingen.

Customers officers reported that the man attempted to bring the methamphetamine into the United States over the Los Indios National Bridge south of the city. Upon further investigation, officers claim they found 100 gallons of methamphetamine in a liquid form stored inside of the gas tank of the truck the man was driving. The truck was a commercial one.

Texas officials accuse 4 of manufacturing and selling drugs

On Dec. 17,authorities reported that law enforcement officials recently conducted a drug bust in Harris County, confiscating drugs worth more than $1 million. Reportedly, four individuals accused of both manufacturing and selling thousands of pills, were taken into police custody in association with the mid-December drug bust.

Furthermore, the bust shut down two alleged pill-manufacturing labs. One was a warehouse on West 34th Street in the vicinity of a daycare and a church, officials claim. The second was a Pinemont Drive apartment, where law enforcement officials also seized codeine syrup and counterfeit money, allegedly.

Driver receives drug charges after vehicle search

A traffic stop in the Texas Panhandle on Dec. 23 led to a man receiving drug possession charges. The 32-year-old California man was stopped by a Texas trooper while he was driving an SUV along Interstate 40 near Conway, a town east of Amarillo.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the man received the drug possession charges after he was found to be transporting marijuana and methamphetamine from Fontana, Calif., to Oklahoma City. After the man was stopped, investigators discovered approximately 100 pounds of marijuana and 11 pounds of methamphetamine inside of his vehicle. The marijuana has a reported value of over $360,000, and the methamphetamine is said to be worth around $131,000.

Drug trafficking and distribution charges

Texas laws categorize drug distribution and trafficking offenses as felonies. Many penalties may be imposed upon someone who is found guilty of those offenses. Factors that influence these penalties are the amount of drugs being distributed, the type of drug and its classification under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, and whether or not it is a subsequent offense by the person being charged.

The state has heavy penalties for those found guilty of drug trafficking. However, prosecutors will often offer a plea deal that typically has less stiff penalties for those charged. A typical sentence can range from six months to two years in jail and a fine of $10,000 or less, to life in prison and a fine of $250,000 or less for the highest first-degree felony charge.

At least 4 accused of manufacturing meth in Texas

On Dec. 15, Texas authorities reported that they took at least four people into custody and seized approximately $1 million worth of drugs after shutting down a major drug lab. The report stated that the drug lab was located at a warehouse on West 34th Street.

During the raid of the warehouse, authorities claimed that they seized pills that were made to look like ecstasy but were actually made of meth. It was believed that thousands of pills were being produced at the lab every day. The four people who were taken into custody were identified as a 21-year-old man, a 24-year-old man, a 30-year-old man and and a 34-year-old. They were charged with manufacturing and delivering controlled substances.

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