The FBI recently arrested six individuals allegedly involved in a Texas drug trafficking organization that made Mexican "Ice," which is a crystallized form of methamphetamine.
Informants told the FBI that the group was importing large amounts of ice and cocaine from Mexico every month. Texas police had investigated the alleged drug ring in the past and said to have found ice and cocaine. However, they were unable to charge the defendants because they had fled to Mexico.
The FBI began investigating the group again after they learned from informants of the six individuals being involved in illegal activities in Texas. Informants told the FBI that ice and cocaine were flown from Mexico to an unknown location in the U.S. The FBI was also informed that some of the individuals in the group were working for a Mexican drug cartel that would trade ice for firearms.
The drug charges against the individuals were made after the FBI was informed that several drug transactions occurred at their homes in Texas. After police obtained a search warrant for these properties, they seized a large amount of drugs, handguns, rifles, bullet-proof vests and ammunition.
These types of drug cases have become more common in Texas as law enforcement has started cracking down on methamphetamine crimes. It is important for people arrested or charged with a methamphetamine crime to work with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. There are no misdemeanor charges involving methamphetamines so punishment for this type of crime tends to be harsher than other drug crimes.
Source: Dallas News, "Feds bust North Texas drug gang that imported 'Mexican Ice' meth," Kevin Krause, Nov. 6, 2012