On Dec. 21, 2018, a judge imposed a 20-year federal prison sentence on a 52-year-old Texas man who was the lead defendant in a drug case involving 13 people. After being indicted in July, the man pleaded guilty in August to participation in a methamphetamine conspiracy.
The man confessed to being a supplier of heroin and methamphetamine to co-conspirators. In turn, they distributed the drugs from various motels and other locations throughout the Wichita Falls area.
The other people involved in the case ranged in age from 24 to 55. A 44-year-old man was given five years of probation, but everyone else was given a sentence that ranged from 36 months to 120 months. One other person, a 46-year-old woman, has not yet been sentenced; although, she pleaded guilty. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, it was possible to pursue the case because additional resources were invested in drug trafficking.
Whether they involve possession of a small amount of drugs or are related to trafficking and distribution, drug charges can be serious. In addition to the legal implications, people may face repercussions in their chosen careers, getting financial aid for education and obtaining housing. An attorney could assist a defendant in creating a strategy for a defense or getting charges reduced. For example, a person might claim that the drugs belonged to someone else. If law enforcement did not follow proper procedure in pursuing the claim and violated a person's rights, evidence could be dismissed or the case might be dropped altogether. Charges are sometimes reduced in a plea bargain. This usually involves the person pleading guilty instead of going trial.