A 41-year-old Texas man was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison on May 17 on drug trafficking and money laundering charges. The man was found guilty by a jury in December 2018. U.S. attorneys convinced the jury that the man was the financier of a drug distribution network and laundered the group's money through his luxury and exotic car dealerships in Houston.
On May 21, Texas authorities organized a massive raid that hit several places in the state, including San Antonio, McAllen, Corpus Christi and Austin. According to reports, the authorities were targeting at least 30 alleged members involved in a drug-trafficking ring. It was also believed that some of these individuals were involved with the Tango Orejon gang.
No one wants to hear police knock on their door. If police arrive at your house, you need to know about your rights under Texas and federal law. If you don't know your rights, you may not assert them properly, which can increase your risk of criminal consequences.
Dealing with a police encounter is stressful. However, you could easily exacerbate things and make them harder on yourself if you don't understand your rights as a resident of Texas. People often make mistakes due to misinformation or nervousness during encounters with law enforcement that can later have serious repercussions.
In May, a judge sentenced two doctors and a nurse to federal prison for trafficking opioids and other prescription drugs. The sentences were handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
All crimes come with consequences, but some have more severe penalties than others. What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in Texas and what consequences can an individual face after a conviction?
Federal prosecutors in Texas have reported that a 44-year-old Illinois man was convicted on drug trafficking and weapons charges on April 29 after a four-day trial. The Chicago native could be sent to prison for life when he is sentenced. His sentencing hearing will be scheduled once the U.S. Probation Office has completed a presentence investigation. Another individual who was taken into custody with the man in September 2017 was sentenced to 94 months in a federal prison on drug possession charges after entering into a plea agreement with U.S. attorneys.
Texas residents who watch the news likely became familiar with Michael Avenatti in March 2018 when he filed a lawsuit against President Trump over his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels. The forceful litigator quickly became a household name and was even said to be mulling a run for the White House of his own, but those days may have seemed like a long time ago on April 29 when Avenatti appeared in a federal court in Los Angeles charged with multiple counts of embezzlement, bank fraud and wire fraud.