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.
According to court documents, federal and local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendant's New Boston home on June 7, 2018. While searching the property, the officers reportedly uncovered nearly $200,000 in cash hidden in the defendant's closet. They also found a pistol hidden near the money. The defendant told officers that he was involved in an international drug ring that smuggled cash and drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. He said the cash in his home had been sent from New York and was intended to purchase drugs in Mexico.
Prosecutors said the defendant had distributed up to 150 kilograms of cocaine, fentanyl and heroin in Illinois, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania between November 2017 and June 2018. He was found guilty of one count of distributing drugs and one count of conspiracy to possess drugs with the intent to distribute. His brother also pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced to federal prison. In addition, his brother-in-law has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. The defendant could be sentenced to up to life in prison.
As this case demonstrates, federal felony drug charges carry harsh consequences for individuals who are found guilty. It is common for defendants to be sentenced to decades in prison, ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and forced to forfeit certain assets. However, a criminal defense attorney might be able to fight the charges and help obtain a more positive outcome. This might be achieved by challenging the prosecution's evidence or negotiating a plea deal that reduces the charges.