Federal prosecutors in Texas have charged three people with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in connection with an undercover drug operation at a popular San Antonio restaurant. Deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration took part in the Feb. 25 operation. Two 18-year-old men and a 30-year-old woman face between 10 years and life in a federal prison if convicted on all charges.
According to federal court documents, deputies and agents arranged to purchase several kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from the defendants outside a Perrin Beitel Road restaurant. Reports indicate that the two 18-year-old men met with law enforcement shortly after midnight and were joined a short time later by the 30-year-old woman. After the three suspects had been taken into custody, a K-9 unit was called in to conduct a drug search.
Prosecutors say that 4.6 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine were discovered after the dog alerted near the 30-year-old woman's car. According to media reports, the three suspects were transported to nearby holding facilities pending a detention hearing scheduled to be held in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
When several suspects are charged with committing serious felony drug crimes, prosecutors may offer an attractive plea offer to encourage one of them to step forward and provide evidence against the others. Once this cooperation has been secured, prosecutors may make far less generous offers to the remaining defendants. When faced with such situations in federal narcotics cases, experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise clients who are considering cooperation to act without delay as the mandatory minimum sentences for these crimes are severe.
Source: KSTA, "UPDATE: Three busted with 4.6 kilos of meth outside Jim's Restaurant", Elizabeth Ruiz, Feb. 26, 2019