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.
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 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.