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December 2019 Archives

University of Texas lecturer facing drug charges

A University of Texas at San Antonio lecturer was suspended on Dec. 11 after federal agents allegedly discovered drugs and drug manufacturing equipment in her apartment and a storage facility she rented. The 51-year-old woman and her 25-year-old male roommate have been charged with manufacturing and distributing fake Adderall pills containing methamphetamine. Agents believe the pair distributed drugs in San Antonio and Austin. They are both being held in federal custody.

Man sentenced for placing drugs on commercial flights

A man who admitted to placing illegal drugs on commercial flights at a Texas airport was sentenced on Dec. 12 to 200 months in a federal prison. He pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute in March as part of a negotiated plea agreement. The man is the lead defendant in two cases involving compromises of airport security. A dozen individuals have been charged according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Texas woman sentenced on federal drug conspiracy charges

A Texas woman was sentenced to spend 140 months in a federal correctional facility to be followed by five years of supervised release on Dec. 2 for conspiring to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine. The 25-year-old Hidalgo County resident learned of her fate during a sentencing hearing held at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The woman admitted her role in the conspiracy to federal prosecutors in February 2018. She could have been sentenced to life imprisonment if she had been found guilty after a trial.

Changes can arise from a business' connection with criminals

Criminal operations, such as organized efforts to bring prohibited drugs into the country, don't always look criminal from the outside. In order to successfully profit off of illegal activity, those who break the law often have to follow it as well. In fact, it is common for legal, even successful, businesses to play a role in criminal activities. They can help a company turn illegal profits into spendable, taxed money.

Texas woman sentenced for managing drug distribution group

A 25-year-old Texas woman has been sentenced to spend 140 months in a federal prison to be followed by supervised release lasting five years for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. The Pharr resident learned of her fate on Dec. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The sentence was handed down as part of a plea agreement the woman entered into in February 2018. The woman faced a possible life sentence if she had been convicted after a trial.

Two former police officers face federal charges

Two former Texas police officers are facing federal criminal charges after a botched drug raid led to the deaths of the couple that lived in the raided home as well as injuries to several other police. The two men are also facing state charges in the case, including felony murder allegations. Felony murder charges can be pursued when a homicide is committed in the course of committing another crime. The federal charges allege that the 55-year-old and 45-year-old men provided false information that led to the deadly January drug raid.

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