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.
The 28-year-old was sentenced to 130 months in federal prison, the 33-year-old was sentenced to 100 months and the 32-year-old was sentenced to 57 months. The sentences were handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Drug distribution charges are taken very seriously in Texas. Convicted efendants can sentenced to years in prison. Because the stakes are so high, individuals facing drug charges may benefit from contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney could review the charges and work to get them dismissed. For example, an attorney could find that law enforcement officers violated a defendant's rights during the investigation, which could cause the case to be dropped. In other circumstances, an attorney could negotiate an agreement that allows the defendant to plead guilty to lesser charges.
Source: East Texas Matters, "3 Jacksonville men sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking", Sue Necessary, Aug. 3, 2018