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.
One of the men was accused of involvement in drug distribution. Police say that he allegedly sold cocaine to a person in May who was actually a confidential informant for the government. Three other men were arrested at their homes and accused of involvement with drug sales. All of them are facing charges of drug distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base or cocaine. Police said that they seized a loaded gun, cannabis and crack cocaine while carrying out the raids. The accused could face significant penalties, especially if any of the men have a prior criminal record. Many drug distribution charges carry mandatory minimum sentences.
Drug convictions on state or federal charges can lead to serious consequences, including jail or prison time, large fines and a felony criminal record. As a result, people may face problems for years to come when looking for a job, seeking to rent an apartment or even attempting to go back to school.
People who are facing drug charges may be very concerned about how they can act to protect their future. In some cases, they may also feel that police have exceeded their lawful authority through unjustified or illegal searches. A criminal defense attorney may help people to challenge inappropriate police behavior and work to prevent a conviction.