On March 6, a 28-year-old man was convicted of obstruction of justice following a five-day trial prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas. He was accused of drug trafficking and threatening to kill his roommate and jail guards.
According to local media reports, in 2016, law enforcement officers started investigating a drug trafficking ring that was operating in Dallas and east Texas. During the course of the investigation, they reportedly recorded the defendant and his roommate attempting to sell drugs to a police informant. The officers further discovered that he was a stripper and dealing cocaine in various strip clubs in the Dallas area.
Once the defendant became aware that he was under federal investigation, he threatened to murder his roommate with the help of a white supremacist group. In April 2017, he was indicted by a federal grand jury and taken into custody. While being held at the Titus County Jail, he tried to obtain a cellphone by bribing one of the guards. When the guard reported the bribe, he threatened to use a shank to kill any guards who entered his cell. He will be sentenced at a later date, and he faces up to life in prison.
Depending on the details of the case, individuals facing drug charges might want to arrange a plea deal with prosecutors. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, it might be possible to negotiate one that reduces the charges in exchange for the defendant's guilty plea. This would eliminate the risk of being convicted of more serious charges during a trial.