Evidence presented by investigators convinced a federal grand jury to approve indictments against two women and two men in Smith County for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration joined Smith County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators during a seven-month investigation of alleged drug trafficking activity.
Federal prosecutors in the state's eastern district convened the grand jury to evaluate information against the four suspects. Evidence described by investigators included the seizure of 4 kilograms of methamphetamine and two firearms that they reportedly found while arresting the four suspects.
The women, ages 24 and 30, and men, ages 54 and 57, now face federal charges that accuse them of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. A grand jury's decision does not represent a conviction, and the defendants still have a right to defend themselves from allegations within the criminal justice system.
A person who must answer for charges involving drug crimes may wish to seek legal representation before engaging with the court. Initially, an attorney might strive to gain the person's release at the bail hearing. Regardless of whether a person gains release on bail, an attorney may prepare a defense strategy in anticipation of the court date. This effort requires examining the strength of the evidence and confirming that police did not engage in an unlawful search and seizure. When evidence is open to challenge, an attorney might gain a reduction in charges or perhaps a case dismissal. An attorney's advice may allow a person to better understand their chances of winning at trial or the consequences of accepting a plea bargain.Source: East Texas Matters, "SCSO: Four people indicted on drug charges after lengthy investigation", Joseph Perez, Dec. 1, 2018