A 51-year-old man has admitted to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas announced on Jan. 7 that the Edgewood resident had pleaded guilty to distributing at least 500 grams of the drug. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking crimes in August 2019.
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced a major drug seizure in December 2019, but the case was dismissed on Jan. 2 after it was learned that the 3,350 pounds of plant material involved was legal hemp and not illegal marijuana. The judge who dismissed the case ordered the 39-year-old man apprehended in connection with the alleged marijuana released from custody. The man's attorney says that his client intends to file a lawsuit seeking the return of his property and compensation for the time he spent in an Amarillo detention facility.
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.
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.
A 44-year-old Texas man could be sent to prison for the rest of his life after being convicted on federal drug possession and drug possession with the intent to distribute charges. The jury returned guilty verdicts on Nov. 7 following a trial that lasted for two days. The Longview resident's sentence will be determined by a federal judge after the U.S. Probation Office has conducted a presentence investigation. The case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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.
Federal authorities in Texas have arrested 17 people for allegedly conspiring to distribute drugs in Travis County. Four other defendants were already in custody.
On Oct. 18, a 47-year-old Texas man was convicted of federal drug distribution charges. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas.
A federal judge sentenced a 36-year-old Texas man to three years in federal prison on Sept. 26 for trafficking cocaine, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas. The judge also ordered the defendant to forfeit nearly $28,000 in drug profits.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas has announced that narcotics investigations in Bell and McLennan counties led to 16 people being taken into custody on Sept. 12. Three individuals were already in custody According to the press release. Agencies taking part in the two investigations include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Department of Homeland Security, the McLennan County Sheriff's Office and the Waco and Lacy Lakeview police departments.