Possession and distribution of illegal drugs is a serious offense in Texas. A recent investigation into a drug trafficking ring shows the severe consequences associated with these crimes if individuals are convicted.
A three year federal investigation of drug trafficking in Texas led to the arrest of several men believed to be involved in a drug distribution ring. Arrest warrants were issued after a combined federal and state task force investigated the distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine in Texas.
Twelve individuals were charged with federal drug and firearms violations after a federal grand jury came back with three separate indictments for the individuals accused. Each indictment included drug possession and drug trafficking offenses involving the illegal distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine. In addition, police claimed to have found 14 firearms, over a pound of methamphetamine, two ounces of powder cocaine, $8600 in cash and four vehicles while issuing the arrest warrants.
The three indictments against the twelve men include charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, four counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm.
Drug crimes are a very serious issue. The charges in this case portray the harsh sentencing requirements for those convicted of possessing and distributing illegal drugs.
Drug conspiracy charges alone have a 10 year minimum sentence if convicted, and drug possession charges of this kind can result in a 20 year federal prison sentence. In addition, individuals convicted of weapon violations may face a minimum of five years in federal prison, with a maximum sentence of 40 years.
Source: Latin America Herald Tribune, "Ten People Arrested in Texas on Drug Trafficking Charges," Oct. 10, 2012
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