Texas Tech University football player Da'Leon Ward has had a busy few days. The talented running back was taken into custody on felony theft charges on Aug. 21 in connection with a campus investigation into stolen cellphones, but his situation improved significantly the following day when the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office announced that the charges had been dismissed and no further action was planned. In their motion to dismiss, prosecutors said that proceeding further in the case would not serve the interests of justice.
News sources report that 28 people in Central Texas were arrested in a large drug investigation. The people who were arrested were allegedly responsible for dealing drugs throughout the region. The arrests occurred on Aug. 16 in the Waco and Killeen areas.
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.
There are two kinds of courts in our country. Federal laws apply to everyone in the United States, while state and local laws apply to people within a state, city, county and other municipalities.
Two brothers will be spending decades in federal prison in a plea agreement reached regarding charges they had been running a large scale drug operation from their homes for years. The arrests, prosecution and sentencing of the two, along with a third unrelated individual, are the product of ramped-up efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and West Texas law enforcement officials to combat the illicit drug trade and go back as far as the beginning of 2015.
On July 26, two former Texas corrections officers were arrested for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine into the Bexar County Detention Center. The men were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 25.