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FBI drug bust leads to arrest of 13 people in Texas

On Dec. 12, Texas authorities arrested 13 people who were allegedly involved in a drug trafficking operation in Carrollton for the past five years. The defendants are now facing multiple federal drug charges.

According to the Carrollton Police Department, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation asked local law enforcement officers to monitor a home in the area for drug activity. The home is located across the street from an elementary school in Grand Prairie. The investigation led to a raid at the property that reportedly yielded around 5 kilograms of methamphetamine and 380 grams of heroin, which had a street value of approximately $24,800. A shotgun was also seized.

Thirteen defendants were taken into custody as a result of the investigation. They reportedly had connections to the Los Zetas and New Generation Jalisco drug cartels in Mexico. They are facing multiple federal drug charges, including conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. If convicted, they could face up to 40 years in federal prison and millions of dollars in fines. The investigation was conducted by officers from the Carrollton Police Department, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and the FBI.

Drug charges can have a devastating impact on someone's life. It starts with the shock of arrest, continues with the difficulty of paying bail and can end with a conviction, incarceration and fines. Because the stakes are so high, individuals accused of drug crimes may choose to work with a criminal defense attorney. The attorney may review the evidence and attempt to poke holes in the prosecution's case. These efforts might get the charges dismissed or help win an acquittal at trial. Another strategy may be to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the charges and penalties.

Source: Carrollton Leader, "Carrollton police seize methamphetamine in FBI drug bust," Victoria Atterberry, Dec. 13, 2018

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