Drug trafficking is a significant problem here in Corpus Christi and along many of the border areas of the Lone Star State. Texas has some harshest penalties for those convicted of drug-related crimes as a result. The distribution and delivery of illicit drugs are unlawful per both the Texas Controlled Substance Act and federal law.
The penalties associated with drug trafficking crimes vary depending on the type and amount of drugs involved. For example, someone who was caught transporting pounds of cocaine or meth may face significantly higher charges and penalties than someone who sold a few leftover pain pills from a prescription. A defendant who stands accused of distributing an illicit substance may face anything from state to first-degree federal felony charges. Plus, a judge may sentence a defendant to a lengthy prison sentence if a jury convicts them of such a crime.