In early August, a Texas judge sentenced three Jacksonville men to federal prison for participating in drug trafficking crimes. Each of the defendants, ages 28, 32 and 33, had earlier pleaded guilty to drug possession with the intent to distribute.
According to court documents, federal investigators uncovered a drug trafficking operation in East Texas, which led to the indictment of eight defendants on various drug and firearms charges on Oct. 18, 2017. The drug charges included methamphetamine possession with the intent to distribute, cocaine possession with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to possess drugs with the intent to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute drugs on premises where children are present. The firearms charges included felon in possession of firearms and possession of firearms in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Some defendants were additionally charged with aiding and abetting.