Federal authorities in Texas have arrested 17 people for allegedly conspiring to distribute drugs in Travis County. Four other defendants were already in custody.
On Oct. 18, a 47-year-old Texas man was convicted of federal drug distribution charges. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas.
Sentencing in federal courts is a complicated procedure. Confusion exists between departures and variances from the sentencing guidelines. Texas residents may be interested in learning the difference between the two, which may be able to help a person get a better outcome in court.
Drug trafficking charges are among the most serious, heavily penalized charges a person can face in the United States, and the sentencing in Texas is often particularly harsh. If you recently received drug trafficking charges, you cannot waste any time in building your legal defense. Without a strong legal defense, you may spend many years behind bars and suffer other life-altering consequences.
A federal judge sentenced a 36-year-old Texas man to three years in federal prison on Sept. 26 for trafficking cocaine, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas. The judge also ordered the defendant to forfeit nearly $28,000 in drug profits.