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Man enters guilty plea in huge North Texas opioid case

According to news sources, a Texas man entered a guilty plea in federal court to possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute for what was characterized as the biggest opioid bust in North Texas's history. The man was originally charged in 2017.

In June 2017, law enforcement officers with the Burleson Police Department reportedly contact the special crimes unit of the Johnson County Stop the Offender program about potential illegal drugs at an address in Burleson. Investigators conducted surveillance at the address and stopped the 31-year-old man as he was going inside.

The 31-year-old man reportedly consented to a search. Officers found high-quality marijuana along with a large carfentanil processing lab. Carfentanil is reportedly 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl. It is extremely dangerous and can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled. The Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory only tested two of the 21 containers of the substance because of safety concerns. One tested positive for more than 500 grams of carfentanil while the other tested positive for more than 20 grams of the drug. The man will remain in custody at the Federal Correctional Institute Seagoville until he is sentenced.

People who are charged with major drug offenses might want to get help from experienced criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible. The lawyers may review the evidence in order to identify potential defenses. They may file evidentiary motions and argue for some of the evidence against their clients to be suppressed. The lawyers may work to secure favorable pleas for their clients. In some cases, they may litigate the matters on behalf of their clients at jury trials.

Source: Cleburne Times-Review, "Man pleas guilty in largest opioid case in North Texas", Jessica Pounds, Jan. 16, 2019

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