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28 people taken into custody in large drug sting

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.

The enforcement operation and arrests came after a grand jury indictment was unsealed. Officers reportedly seized 5 pounds of methamphetamine, 22 firearms and $16,000 in cash during the raid. Six of the people who were named in the indictment were already in custody, and officers were able to take the remaining 22 people into custody.

Law enforcement officers report that the 28 people are allegedly members of the Gangster Disciples based in Chicago, Illinois. The people reportedly established a presence in Killeen in order to further the gang's territory. The defendants are facing a range of charges, including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

People who are charged with serious drug felonies may be sentenced to decades in prison if they are convicted. It may be important for defendants to retain experienced criminal defense lawyers as soon as they are able to do so. Attorneys may use their knowledge of the law and their litigation skills to file evidentiary motions and challenge the admissibility of any evidence that was improperly seized. In some cases, defense lawyers may be able to secure favorable pleas for their clients to lesser charges or capped sentences. In other cases, the attorneys may fight for their clients through the court process, including jury trials.

KWTX 10, "Nearly 30 arrested in massive Central Texas drug operation," Rissa Shaw, Aug. 17, 2018.

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