Texas authorities from Cedar Park recently arrested 10 people for their connection to the alleged sale of illegal and dangerous drugs. They were apprehended by law enforcement for suspicion of selling drugs laced with fentanyl. After an investigation, 13 indictments were issued, but only 10 individuals have been placed under arrest to date. The investigation into the suspected drug operation involved the immediate Cedar Park area, but it reached to other areas of the state as well.
Investigation into suspected drug activity
The investigation began after local law enforcement noticed an increase in the number of overdoses caused by counterfeit pills. Within the last year, this area has seen 23 overdoses with nine resulting in death. Those arrested so far are charged with possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute drugs.
During this process, law enforcement confiscated more than 100,000 oxycodone pills with a claimed street value of approximately $1 million. The pills were laced in fentanyl, which is potentially fatal. Authorities say they believe many of the people who took the dangerous drugs thought they were taking painkillers, unaware of the risk they were taking.
What happens next?
The investigation is ongoing, and it is likely that Texas and federal authorities will arrest additional individuals they believe are connected with this drug operation. Those facing charges would be wise to begin developing a defense strategy that allows them to effectively confront these allegations. Regardless of the nature of the charges and evidence against the, each one is entitled to the presumption of innocence, legal counsel and the right to present a defense.