In May, a judge sentenced two doctors and a nurse to federal prison for trafficking opioids and other prescription drugs. The sentences were handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Federal prosecutors in Texas have reported that a 44-year-old Illinois man was convicted on drug trafficking and weapons charges on April 29 after a four-day trial. The Chicago native could be sent to prison for life when he is sentenced. His sentencing hearing will be scheduled once the U.S. Probation Office has completed a presentence investigation. Another individual who was taken into custody with the man in September 2017 was sentenced to 94 months in a federal prison on drug possession charges after entering into a plea agreement with U.S. attorneys.
On April 18, a coalition of law enforcement agencies organized a drug raid in San Antonio that took seven people into custody and seized nine firearms and 20 kilograms of methamphetamine. According to a 10-count indictment against the suspects, they were allegedly associated with San Antonio's East Side Bloods gang. They stand accused of distributing cocaine and methamphetamine in the city. Investigators claim that their supply sources originated in Austin.
A former Texas police officer was sentenced to 130 months in prison on April 9 for possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute. The 40-year-old man will also serve four years of supervised release after completing his custodial sentence. In January, he admitted to helping a Hidalgo County criminal gang to rob drug traffickers while working for the Donna Independent School District Police Department.
Federal authorities in Texas have reported that more than 25 individuals have been sentenced to between four months and 20 years in prison in connection with an investigation into drug trafficking in Wichita County that began in 2014. According to media reports, law enforcement agencies taking part in Operation Flat Rate included the Wichita County Sheriff's Office, the Vernon Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Federal prosecutors in Texas have charged three people with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in connection with an undercover drug operation at a popular San Antonio restaurant. Deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration took part in the Feb. 25 operation. Two 18-year-old men and a 30-year-old woman face between 10 years and life in a federal prison if convicted on all charges.
Two Texas police officers have been relieved of duty in the wake of a no-knock drug raid in Houston on Jan. 29 that led to the death of two people. One of the officers is accused of lying about the heroin purchase that was used to justify the raid. The Harris County District Attorney's Office responded to the news by vowing to review at least 1,400 cases involving the officers. Two of the cases have already been dismissed.
A recent criminal complaint against two Texas men gave few details about the special agents that uncovered their alleged drug trafficking materials. The evidence presented by federal prosecutors described a residence in Brownsville that special agents had been monitoring. They observed a 2014 GMC Sierra come and go from the house in a span of 2 minutes.
On Feb. 5, federal and local authorities announced the arrest and indictment of seven individuals suspected of drug trafficking. The announcement was made in Tyler.
According to news sources, a Texas man entered a guilty plea in federal court to possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute for what was characterized as the biggest opioid bust in North Texas's history. The man was originally charged in 2017.