Two Texas men have been sentenced to times in federal prison on drug trafficking charges, according to a federal prosecutor. One of the East Texas men, a 24-year-old from Reklaw, pleaded guilty in March to distributing methamphetamine near a playground. He was sentenced on Oct. 4 to 100 months in federal prison by a judge for the Eastern District of Texas.
Media outlets in Texas have reported that approximately 40 pounds of methamphetamine was seized on Oct. 30 when deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided a San Antonio home. Four men have been taken into custody on federal narcotics charges in connection with the drug haul. Police say that the methamphetamine would have generated more than $1 million in revenue for the alleged drug gang if it had been sold on the street.
Marijuana is all over the news currently, as more and more states legalize the drug for recreational use. After the most recent midterm election, marijuana is legal to some degree in 33 states, but recreational use is still only legal for recreational use in 10.
A Texas man was ordered remanded without bond on Oct. 29 after entering a not guilty plea to federal drug charges that included possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Media accounts indicate that the man was brought into custody by members of the Waco Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit after quantities of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered during a search of his home.
Many Texas residents have probably heard that a man has been charged in connection with the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that claimed 11 lives on Oct. 27. The man faces 22 federal counts that carry the death penalty, and the U.S. attorney assigned to the case has asked the Department of Justice to allow the death sentence to be imposed. While the death penalty can be imposed for a number of crimes including murder, treason and espionage, only three federal inmates have been executed since 1988.