Four people in Texas are facing drug charges after one law enforcement task force arrested them, accusing them of involvement in the cocaine trade. The four men were arrested while federal and local police agencies carried out search warrants in Amarillo. The task force is designed to target crime in specific areas of the city where police say that crime reports have significantly increased. The arrests were announced by a federal prosecutor, and the four men are being held in federal custody before their trial.
Texas police say that a tip from a concerned citizen led to the seizure of about 22 pounds of cocaine in Cameron County on the morning of June 11. Three Florida men are being held without bond in connection with the seized drugs. They have been charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
A doctor with several offices in Southwest Texas and his office manager were taken into custody by federal law enforcement on May 30 on drug trafficking, conspiracy, Medicare fraud, and identity theft charges. A 20-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury was unsealed by a U.S. District Court judge on May 31. A Val Verde County magistrate released the pair after they each posted a $50,000 bond. They face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all of the charges against them.
Many people who commit crimes do so under the influence or direction of someone else. Organized crime can range from large-scale mafia operations in big cities to a small group of individuals picking pockets or stripping cars in a small town. All too often, it is the lowest level members of these organizations who get caught by law enforcement and face consequences.
The deputy city manager of a major Texas metropolitan area has resigned from his position according to media reports. The man tendered his resignation after Texas Rangers and investigators from the Drug Enforcement Division of the Wichita County District Attorney's Office allegedly discovered evidence of marijuana cultivation and undisclosed quantities of the drug when they searched his Wendover Street home on May 28.