Texas residents are likely aware that federal law enforcement agencies often consult with experts when investigating complex white-collar crimes, but they may be surprised by media reports revealing that one of these consultants has been charged with committing the very offenses he provided information about. According to court documents unsealed on Nov. 18, a 73-year-old University of Miami professor who assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Justice with money laundering investigations has been accused of laundering money.
A 44-year-old Texas man could be sent to prison for the rest of his life after being convicted on federal drug possession and drug possession with the intent to distribute charges. The jury returned guilty verdicts on Nov. 7 following a trial that lasted for two days. The Longview resident's sentence will be determined by a federal judge after the U.S. Probation Office has conducted a presentence investigation. The case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A drug trafficking investigation in Texas has allegedly led to the seizure of significant quantities of cash, cocaine and marijuana and the apprehension of seven suspects. The arrests and seizures were announced on Oct. 31 by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas. The case was investigated by agencies including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.
Did you know that it is a crime to bring in and harbor certain undocument immigrants within the United States? In fact, any person who brings or tries to bring in a person anywhere other than a designated port of entry can be penalized. You can also be penalized for knowing and disregarding that someone has come to the United States in violation of the law.
In Texas and across the United States, some examples of animal cruelty are now official felonies. Per the U.S. House of Representatives, a new bill clarifies the fact that Americans are against cruelty to animals. Numerous American citizens have expressed their support of the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT. People from various political parties are in favor of the bill. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat representing Florida, mentioned that he is grateful for all the Americans who helped the House pass the bill. However, the Senate still needs to vote, and the bill will require President Trump's signature.