Twenty-one people in Texas are facing grave criminal accusations after authorities say they discovered and halted an alleged methamphetamine trafficking operation. Because of the nature of drug trafficking laws, those implicated in this crime are all facing federal-level offenses. If convicted, they could all face significant time behind bars and other penalties that may affect the rest of their lives.
Federal drug trafficking charges
The arrests came after an extensive investigation by the DEA and other government agencies. The charges came in two separate federal grand jury indictments that included conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute. In the bust, state and federal authorities collected 65 kilograms of methamphetamine. They also confiscated almost $50,000 in other assets, but specific details regarding the property taken by authorities were not immediately available.
If any of the 21 people arrested are convicted, they could face extensive time in prison. Because drug trafficking is a federal-level offense, they could spend between 10 years and life behind bars. Authorities believe they have apprehended the leaders of this specific operation.
A serious defense for a serious criminal charge
Drug trafficking allegations are a serious threat to the future of these individuals arrested by Texas authorities. It is in their interests to work diligently to defend themselves against these charges by preparing a thoughtful and carefully prepared defense strategy. Because of the complex nature of federal cases and the criminal justice system, it is prudent to work with an experienced legal ally who is knowledgeable in these types of drug cases.