On Jan. 3, a Texas man was arrested after police found marijuana and other drugs in his car during a traffic stop. The man tried to stop officers from approaching his vehicle by getting out and telling them he was a youth baseball coach.
On Dec. 21, 2018, a judge imposed a 20-year federal prison sentence on a 52-year-old Texas man who was the lead defendant in a drug case involving 13 people. After being indicted in July, the man pleaded guilty in August to participation in a methamphetamine conspiracy.
A 58-year-old man finally ended up in the custody of U.S. Marshals after eluding capture on federal marijuana charges for 22 years. An announcement from the U.S. Marshals Service detailed his arrest that took place in South El Paso on the 900 block of South Virginia Street.
On Dec. 12, Texas authorities arrested 13 people who were allegedly involved in a drug trafficking operation in Carrollton for the past five years. The defendants are now facing multiple federal drug charges.
Evidence presented by investigators convinced a federal grand jury to approve indictments against two women and two men in Smith County for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration joined Smith County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators during a seven-month investigation of alleged drug trafficking activity.
Seventeen people arrested during an investigation run by the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies have received their sentences in federal court in Taylor. For 14 defendants, their sentences for drug trafficking ranged from 15 months to 262 months in federal prison. The judge placed two people on probation and released one person for time served.
Two Texas men have been sentenced to times in federal prison on drug trafficking charges, according to a federal prosecutor. One of the East Texas men, a 24-year-old from Reklaw, pleaded guilty in March to distributing methamphetamine near a playground. He was sentenced on Oct. 4 to 100 months in federal prison by a judge for the Eastern District of Texas.
Media outlets in Texas have reported that approximately 40 pounds of methamphetamine was seized on Oct. 30 when deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided a San Antonio home. Four men have been taken into custody on federal narcotics charges in connection with the drug haul. Police say that the methamphetamine would have generated more than $1 million in revenue for the alleged drug gang if it had been sold on the street.
A Texas man was ordered remanded without bond on Oct. 29 after entering a not guilty plea to federal drug charges that included possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Media accounts indicate that the man was brought into custody by members of the Waco Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit after quantities of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered during a search of his home.
On Oct. 17, Texas authorities arrested three people after they discovered almost 7 pounds of methamphetamine in a hotel room. The incident took place in Wichita Falls.