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.
The announcement came shortly after officers and agents executed three search warrants in Mesquite and Dallas. The searches led to the discovery of about 27 kilograms of a substance believed to be cocaine and an undisclosed quantity of a substance believed to be marijuana. Officers and agents are also said to have seized about $200,000 in U.S. currency, six firearms and five vehicles. A 27-year-old man and a 35-year-old man were taken into custody during the execution of the warrants. Earlier searches linked to the investigation allegedly led to the seizure of about 10 kilograms of cocaine.
Five other men have also been connected to the alleged drug trafficking organization. A 30-year-old man was apprehended on Oct. 29 when police conducting a traffic stop reportedly discovered $349,600 in U.S. currency in a hidden compartment in his automobile. Prosecutors believe the money was being transported to Mexico. Four men were taken into custody during the early stages of the investigation. Two of them have pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession with the intent to distribute.
Investigations like this one often lead to a large number of arrests, but the evidence gathered may not be sufficient to prove drug charges beyond reasonable doubt against all of the suspects taken into custody. This is why experienced criminal defense attorneys would likely advise individuals who are apprehended during narcotics sweeps to remain silent until they have spoken with a lawyer.