The most severe drug-related criminal charges are federal-level offenses, and a conviction of these crimes can bring lengthy prison sentences and a range of other penalties. A Texas man is facing sentencing after entering a guilty plea for charges of drug trafficking. He faced allegations of a trafficking operation that involved multiple other people in the East Texas area.
Details of a criminal operation
The defendant was facing charges of trafficking and distribution of marijuana, methamphetamine and other drugs throughout the eastern portion of the state. He entered a guilty plea in federal court to charges of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. His arrest came after drugs and a weapon were found in his car during a traffic stop.
Even after he was taken into custody, he was accused of continuing his trafficking operation from inside the jail. He ordered a payment for a shipment of drugs previously received. The prosecution said his drug operation involved at least five additional people, and he could face up to life in prison.
His defense options
There are times when entering guilty plea is the most prudent course of action for a defendant. The role of a Texas defense attorney is to provide guidance regarding the defendant’s options and negotiate terms that will result in the best possible outcome for the individual situation. In this case, the defendant will find it beneficial to have strong representation at every step, including through the sentencing stage.