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.
More than 30 states, including Texas, allow the use of some form of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. That means that more marijuana products, including cookies, gummies and brownies, are hitting the market every day. However, because the legalized pot industry is still in its infancy, much is still unknown about the potency of these products, which can be a problem for consumers who are prescribed a certain dose for pain or those who want to control their buzz.
A former Texas police officer was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on Aug. 7 for possession and conspiracy to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana. The 39-year-old man began his law enforcement career with the Starr County Sheriff's Office in 2002. At the time of his 2016 arrest, he was working as a detective with the Rio Grande City Police Department. The man would have faced a longer sentence if he had been convicted following a trial. However, he avoided that fate by entering into a plea agreement with U.S. attorneys in April 2017.
Texas readers expect police officers to uphold the laws they are charged with enforcing. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. On July 18, a former South Texas police chief was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after being convicted of multiple drug charges.
A 30-year-old Texas man faces several years in federal prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. The Panola County resident was found guilty by a jury on June 28 following a trial that lasted for two weeks. He was originally indicted along with 10 other individuals in December 2017. He was the only defendant who chose to face a jury rather than enter into a plea agreement with the prosecution.