Certain types of drug-related criminal charges carry more serious penalties than others. Drug trafficking of any kind is a federal offense, and a conviction of this crime or entering a guilty plea will result in a lengthy prison sentence. One Texas man was recently sentenced for his role in a methamphetamine-related drug trafficking operation in the eastern part of the state.
A serious criminal offense
The defendant pleaded guilty during the summer to possession with intent to distribute. At his recent sentencing, he was given more than 19 years in prison by a federal judge. The charge of intent to distribute is based on the number of illegal drugs a person has in his or her possession. In this specific case, the individual was found to have more than 450 grams of methamphetamine in his personal possession.
In addition to the amount of drugs, investigators also found weapons during a search of his property. Weapons offenses in combination with drug crimes can result in grave consequences, as seen in this case. In some cases, it is most prudent for a defendant to enter a guilty plea in order to secure the most beneficial outcome for the specific situation.
The best defense
There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for effectively defending against drug trafficking charges. Texas defendants will benefit from working with an experienced attorney who can help them understand the most practical way to fight for their future interests. An assessment of the individual case can provide clarity regarding the best defense options.