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.
On March 5, multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies coordinated to bust a large drug ring operating in west Texas. So far, 33 individuals have been charged in the case.
In early March, the trial of a Texas man charged with trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine began in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. The defendant, age 28, was charged with additional crimes following his arrest in 2017.
Texas residents who are accused of being involved in drug crimes should understand the harsh penalties they might face if they are convicted. This applies to anyone, including law enforcement. A recent case involving a former police officer shows the potential personal and professional consequences of a drug conviction.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas announced on Jan. 29 that a Florida woman admitted to transporting illegal drugs. The 41-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident entered a guilty plea to a single count of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute on Jan. 28. The investigation that led to the woman's plea was conducted by officers from the Beaumont Police Department and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas reported in a Jan. 24 press release that nine individuals have been taken into custody for distributing drugs in Rusk, Cherokee and Smith Counties. The suspects are between 30 and 55 years of age. The arrests were made just days after a federal grand jury handed down a 42-count indictment. The suspects were arraigned in Smith County on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24 on charges including conspiracy to distribute drugs, possessing drugs with the intent to distribute, and using a firearm during the commission of a felony.
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.