The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas has announced that narcotics investigations in Bell and McLennan counties led to 16 people being taken into custody on Sept. 12. Three individuals were already in custody According to the press release. Agencies taking part in the two investigations include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Department of Homeland Security, the McLennan County Sheriff's Office and the Waco and Lacy Lakeview police departments.
During the course of the McLennan County investigation, agents, officers and deputies seized approximately four kilograms of cocaine, approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine, several pounds of marijuana, several hundred THC vaping devices, 11 firearms and about $50,000 in U.S. currency. The nine individuals taken into custody during the operation are accused of distributing narcotics in and around Waco. A 26-year-old man and a 41-year-old man were arrested in June and July respectively after drugs and weapons were allegedly discovered in their vehicles during traffic stops.
The seven individuals taken into custody in Bell County are accused of distributing cocaine and methamphetamine in Temple and Houston. Property searches conducted on Sept. 12 are said to have led to the discovery of about 2,850 grams of cocaine, 31.9 grams of marijuana, 8.4 grams of ecstasy and a Smith & Wesson handgun. Agents, officers and deputies also allegedly discovered items commonly used for the packaging and distribution of illegal drugs.
The mandatory minimum penalties for committing federal drug crimes can be severe, but experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek to reduce them during plea negotiations with prosecutors. Narcotics trials are often long and expensive and arguing before a jury always involves taking at least some risk. This is why U.S. attorneys may be willing to offer substantial sentence reductions in return for cooperation and a speedy resolution.