On April 18, a coalition of law enforcement agencies organized a drug raid in San Antonio that took seven people into custody and seized nine firearms and 20 kilograms of methamphetamine. According to a 10-count indictment against the suspects, they were allegedly associated with San Antonio's East Side Bloods gang. They stand accused of distributing cocaine and methamphetamine in the city. Investigators claim that their supply sources originated in Austin.
Multiple agencies worked together for a year to identify the sources of the city's drug activity. The San Antonio Police Department cooperated with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Austin Police Department and Texas DPS among other agencies to counteract drug-related gang activities. A spokesperson with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office praised the collaboration between the groups.
Law enforcement agents reported that the suspects disguised some of the methamphetamine to make it look like Easter Candy. They allegedly sold cocaine as crack and powder. If convicted on existing charges, each suspect could spend at least five years in prison or as many as 40 years behind bars.
An individual arrested during a large-scale criminal investigation may want to retain a criminal defense attorney. An attorney might examine the evidence and question the validity of police agents' claims or statements provided by paid or otherwise unreliable informants. Attempts to disassociate the client from evidence of drug crimes could limit a prosecutor's ability to apply felony charges. If a trial takes place, an attorney could sow skepticism among jurors and potentially defend the client from a conviction.