According to a Van Zandt County news release, 11 people have been indicted in federal court in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for their alleged participation in a drug ring. The indictments were announced on Aug. 30.
Van Zandt County reports that the indictments came after a months-long investigation. Multiple agencies participated in the investigation, including the Van Zandt's Sheriff's Office, Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, Canton Police Department, Mineola Police Department, Grand Saline Police Department, Kerens Police Department and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
While 10 of the people were taken into custody, one remains at large. They are facing multiple federal charges, including the possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of firearms in the furtherance of committing drug felonies and the unlawful possession of firearms. Three of the people who were arrested were women and seven were men.
People who are facing charges of serious drug felonies may face decades in prison if they are convicted. That's why they might want to retain experienced drug defense attorneys as soon as they are charged or indicted. The attorneys may review the evidence in an effort to identify all of the potential defenses. They may file evidentiary motions to challenge the admissibility of evidence and conduct in-depth investigations into their clients' cases. The attorneys may try to build strong defenses to the charges and use mitigating evidence to secure favorable plea agreements. If their clients want to fight their charges, the attorneys may advocate for them through jury trials.