Criminal activity involving the use, sale or manufacturing of drugs can lead to serious criminal charges on a state or federal level. Two Texas individuals associated with Jake’s Fireworks, including the owner of the Nederland-based business, were recently found guilty of federal drug trafficking charges. Because of the strength of the prosecution’s case and other factors, the two men pleaded guilty to the charges against them.
Guilty pleas and serious consequences
One individual pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a date rape drug over the internet. The other pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to investigators, the two men are leaders of a drug organization that operates on a nationwide scale called the Chemical Trafficking Organization.
The investigation into the operation of this group began in 2018 after the Drug Enforcement Administration intercepted parcels that contained butanediol. This is a substance associated with industrial cleaners, and it is not intended for human consumption. If consumed, it has the same effects as GHB, which is a date-rape drug. The two defendants were indicted in 2020, and they are facing possibility of two decades in a federal facility.
When is a plea deal the smart choice?
Every accused individual in Texas has the right to protect his or her future and fight back against federal drug charges. In some cases, a plea deal offers the best opportunity for a reduced sentence and fewer penalties. When considering a plea deal, it is in the best interests of the individual to seek the guidance and counsel of an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.