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.
Another 26-year-old man from Jacksonville also pleaded guilty to drug charges. He was accused of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in a location where children were present. He was sentenced to 180 months in prison by a federal district judge on Nov. 15. While the two men were sentenced separately, both had been indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 18, 2017. Federal law enforcement worked with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety on the cases.
Federal and state drug charges can have a serious effect on a person's life. A conviction can mean hefty fines and prison time as well as a felony criminal record that could impact a person's ability to access housing, education or employment. People can even face charges for drug crimes if they share a home or other property with an offender engaged in the drug trade. Charges can range from possession to trafficking. All kinds of controlled substances can be targeted as well, including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Someone who has been charged with drug crimes can work with a criminal defense attorney to present a strong challenge to police evidence and prosecution assertions before trial and in the courtroom. A lawyer can fight back against police civil rights violations or illegitimate searches that can be the basis of some allegations and work to avoid a conviction.