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Texas man sentenced in federal narcotics case

A 44-year-old Texas man could be sent to prison for the rest of his life after being convicted on federal drug possession and drug possession with the intent to distribute charges. The jury returned guilty verdicts on Nov. 7 following a trial that lasted for two days. The Longview resident's sentence will be determined by a federal judge after the U.S. Probation Office has conducted a presentence investigation. The case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The man was taken into custody in January 2018 when police executed a search warrant at a Motel located on Marshall Avenue in Longwood. During a search of the room being used by the man, officers say they discovered a significant quantity of methamphetamine along with several grams of marijuana, ecstasy, crack cocaine and prescription medications. A records check revealed that the man had three open warrants. The man was charged with distributing crack cocaine and methamphetamine in Gregg County.

Texas narcotics investigation leads to drug seizures

A drug trafficking investigation in Texas has allegedly led to the seizure of significant quantities of cash, cocaine and marijuana and the apprehension of seven suspects. The arrests and seizures were announced on Oct. 31 by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas. The case was investigated by agencies including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.

The announcement came shortly after officers and agents executed three search warrants in Mesquite and Dallas. The searches led to the discovery of about 27 kilograms of a substance believed to be cocaine and an undisclosed quantity of a substance believed to be marijuana. Officers and agents are also said to have seized about $200,000 in U.S. currency, six firearms and five vehicles. A 27-year-old man and a 35-year-old man were taken into custody during the execution of the warrants. Earlier searches linked to the investigation allegedly led to the seizure of about 10 kilograms of cocaine.

Undocumented immigrants and the law

Did you know that it is a crime to bring in and harbor certain undocument immigrants within the United States? In fact, any person who brings or tries to bring in a person anywhere other than a designated port of entry can be penalized. You can also be penalized for knowing and disregarding that someone has come to the United States in violation of the law.

There are many other situations that qualify for criminal penalties. Some of these include:

Bill opposing animal cruelty approved by House

In Texas and across the United States, some examples of animal cruelty are now official felonies. Per the U.S. House of Representatives, a new bill clarifies the fact that Americans are against cruelty to animals. Numerous American citizens have expressed their support of the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT. People from various political parties are in favor of the bill. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat representing Florida, mentioned that he is grateful for all the Americans who helped the House pass the bill. However, the Senate still needs to vote, and the bill will require President Trump's signature.

The new bill expands the former 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which prohibited the making of videos depicting "animal crushing." The PACT Act adds new regulations that were not included in the previous 2010 bill. For instance, the new bill states that animal crushing is now a federal crime. The act regulates federal property and interstate commerce but does not regulate local laws related to animal cruelty.

Federal authorities charge 17 people with drug distribution

Federal authorities in Texas have arrested 17 people for allegedly conspiring to distribute drugs in Travis County. Four other defendants were already in custody.

According to the U.S. attorney who brought the charges, the defendants allegedly began distributing cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs in the Austin area in December 2016. Over the course of an 18-month investigation, federal and state law enforcement officers seized around 20 kilograms of methamphetamine, 7 kilograms of cocaine, 5 kilograms of heroin and nearly $600,000 in cash and assets.

Texas man found guilty of drug distribution

On Oct. 18, a 47-year-old Texas man was convicted of federal drug distribution charges. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas.

According to court documents, federal and local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendant's New Boston home on June 7, 2018. While searching the property, the officers reportedly uncovered nearly $200,000 in cash hidden in the defendant's closet. They also found a pistol hidden near the money. The defendant told officers that he was involved in an international drug ring that smuggled cash and drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. He said the cash in his home had been sent from New York and was intended to purchase drugs in Mexico.

Learn about departures and variances in federal sentences

Sentencing in federal courts is a complicated procedure. Confusion exists between departures and variances from the sentencing guidelines. Texas residents may be interested in learning the difference between the two, which may be able to help a person get a better outcome in court.

The minimum and maximum sentences for offenses are set out by the U.S. Code. When courts sentence an individual to prison, they have to impose the minimum sentence for the offense. They can never exceed the maximum sentence set out by those standards. Guidelines have been established that set out a punishment range for individuals based on their offense and criminal history.

Facing drug trafficking charges? Act to protect your rights

Drug trafficking charges are among the most serious, heavily penalized charges a person can face in the United States, and the sentencing in Texas is often particularly harsh. If you recently received drug trafficking charges, you cannot waste any time in building your legal defense. Without a strong legal defense, you may spend many years behind bars and suffer other life-altering consequences.

While some states take a more-or-less lenient approach to drug crimes, Texas is not one of them. In fact, the typical sentencing for drug crimes in Texas is often harsher than other states. While it is never wise to take drug charges lightly, a drug trafficking conviction in Texas can change the rest of your life for the worse.

Texas man sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking

A federal judge sentenced a 36-year-old Texas man to three years in federal prison on Sept. 26 for trafficking cocaine, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas. The judge also ordered the defendant to forfeit nearly $28,000 in drug profits.

On June 29, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted the defendant, a Tyler resident, based on evidence collected when law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at his home. During that search, which was conducted in the previous month, agents found multiple firearms, a large amount of ammunition, ledgers and other evidence of drug sales, and $27,810 in cash. Agents also discovered text messages indicating the defendant was involved in illegal drug activities.

A felony conviction can cast a long shadow

The consequences of a felony conviction in Texas and around the country go far beyond spending some time behind bars. Convicted felons lose the right to vote, are barred from many jobs, face travel restrictions and may even lose custody of their children. Some may think that this is a fair price to pay when an individual has been convicted of a violent crime like murder or rape, but the vast majority of felonies are nonviolent, and many felons were convicted of behavior that most people would not even consider criminal.

Calling in sick to spend a day with friends, making loud noises in a post office and certain kinds of whistleblowing can all result in a felony conviction. When asked to simply compile a list of all federal crimes, the chairperson of the Congressional Research Service told the House Over-criminalization Task Force that they would need more resources and manpower to complete the task.


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