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Texas man sentenced on drug charges

On June 13, a 32-year-old man was sentenced in Texas on charges of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The man must pay more than $46,000 in restitution and was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison.

The charges were related to an incident that occurred on March 30, 2017. The man was in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation, and the officer ran passenger IDs through a database and called for a canine unit. The database returned the result that the man might be wanted on an out-of-state burglary warrant.

What’s the difference between felonies and misdemeanors in Texas?

Being charged with a crime in Texas is a serious matter, and you may be so overwhelmed that you haven’t been able to process the specifics of whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony. However, these distinctions matter. The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is significant, especially as it pertains to the length of a potential sentence, where that sentence is served, civil rights impact upon release, and how you can go about clearing your record if convicted.

Texan drug lord sentenced to 49 years in prison

A drug lord known as La Barbie, a leader of the Beltran-Leyva Cartel, was sentenced in federal court to 49 years in prison. The 44-year-old man entered guilty pleas to several charges in January of 2016, including conspiracy to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to launder money.

If the man completes his prison sentence before he dies, he will then serve 10 years of probation. He is from Laredo, Texas and worked his way up the ranks of the cartel. He was extradited to the U.S. in 2015.

Texas man sentenced to 65 years for drug conviction

After only 90 minutes of deliberation, a jury in the Waco-based 19th State District Court passed down a 65-year sentence on a man for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. This incident marks the sixth time the man has been convicted of a felony.

Upon the reading of the sentence, the defendant was asked if he had any reason why the sentence should not be imposed. The defendant asked the court for leniency, arguing that the punishment was too harsh and violated the principle of double jeopardy.

Man faces 20 years in prison on federal robbery charges

On May 17, a federal criminal complaint alleging that a Texas man was involved in a bank robbery was unsealed. The robbery reportedly occurred on April 5 at a First National Bank located in the 4300 block of Central Texas Expressway in Killeen.

According to the complaint, a 44-year-old man walked into the bank and handed a note demanding money to the teller. The teller complied, giving the man an unspecified amount of money. The accused man was identified by a Crime Stoppers tip from the public.

Most inmates acknowledge their criminal past in new study

With many convictions in Texas, there is a chance that the defendant did not actually commit that crime. According to research conducted in Pennsylvania, the specific odds of that happening are about 6 percent. This was determined by surveys completed by roughly 3,000 people in Pennsylvania state prisons. The study is considered one of the first attempts to determine how often criminals are incorrectly convicted in cases not involving a capital crime.

The rate of wrongful conviction in capital crime cases is believed to be anywhere from 3 to 5 percent. Researchers say that the data that they obtained could help the criminal justice system as a whole predict factors that could lead to a wrongful conviction. However, they also say that the scope of the study was limited, and they are waiting for another study based on their methodology to be completed.

Texas father and son face felony drug charges after traffic stop

Police in Texas say that a tip about suspicious activity at a Hays County apartment complex led to the discovery of almost 50 pounds of marijuana. Media reports indicate that a 56-year-old San Marcos man and his 22-year-old son have been taken into custody in connection with the seized drugs. Both men have been charged with money laundering and felony marijuana possession. Officials have reported that they are being held at a Hays County detention facility and their bail has been set at $18,000.

The marijuana was allegedly discovered after members of the Hays County Narcotics Task Force pulled over a blue pickup truck on East Sessom Drive in San Marcos at approximately 6:00 p.m. on May 3. The traffic stop was initiated after police had observed two men loading cardboard boxes into the vehicle outside a Craddock Avenue apartment building that had been placed under observation. Police say that a search of the pickup truck also led to the discovery of a police radio and $26,000 in cash.

Texas trucker gets life sentence for death of 10 immigrants

Last summer, San Antonio police were called to a local Walmart for a welfare check on an 18-wheeler.

Officers discovered 31 people inside the tractor-trailer suffering from heat-related injuries. Eight people had already died, and two later died in the hospital.

White supremacist groups linked to Texas drug trafficking

Federal authorities have accused six white supremacist groups of running a narcotics trafficking operation that distributed methamphetamine and other illegal drugs throughout North Texas. An indictment unsealed in federal court on April 30 reveals that 57 members of the Aryan Brotherhood, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Aryan Circle, the Soldiers of Aryan Culture, the Peckerwoods and the Dirty White Boys face a raft of charges including kidnapping and drug trafficking. Police say that their investigation into the alleged drug trafficking group began in 2015.

Three men and a woman are charged with kidnapping an unidentified victim and holding him captive for several days in January and February. Another member of a white supremacist group had accused the man of keeping $600 in drug proceeds. Police say that the man was beaten, tortured and had a loaded handgun pointed at him during his captivity. He was subsequently released according to reports.

How charges are classified

A Texas resident who has allegedly committed a crime could face a misdemeanor or felony charge. In most cases, the level of a charge is determined by how much time behind bars a person could face if convicted. However, a prosecutor has flexibility when it comes to charging an individual. If a person is charged with a misdemeanor, he or she can generally expect to spend up to a year in jail if convicted.

Jail sentences could be served in a county jail as opposed to a secure prison. Felonies are considered to be more serious than a misdemeanor. Examples of crimes that are considered felonies include arson, rape and murder. Those who are convicted on such a charge could spend significantly longer than a year in prison. However, there could be other punishments handed down depending on the severity of a given crime and other factors in a case.


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