A Texas man is facing an extensive prison sentence after entering a guilty plea for various drug-related criminal charges. The man was accused of federal drug trafficking violations, specifically possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. His arrest and criminal charges originated from a traffic stop that occurred in the Beaumont area during which law enforcement noted they smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle when they approached to speak with the driver.
Details of an arrest and criminal charges
Law enforcement initiated the traffic stop when they saw the defendant cut through the parking lot of a local gas station in a dangerous manner. After stopping the vehicle, law enforcement says they noticed the smell of marijuana emanating from the car. They determined that they had a valid reason to search the vehicle, and the search of the car revealed various drugs and drug-related items.
The search revealed more than six pounds of marijuana, over 300 grams each of methamphetamine pills and fentanyl pills, and over $50,000 in cash. All of this was found in a hidden compartment in the back of the defendant’s vehicle. The volume of drugs found resulted in federal drug trafficking charges, a crime that can result in decades in prison.
How can a defendant fight for his future?
After entering a guilty plea, the Texas defendant will await sentencing. An individual facing significant criminal penalties will benefit from the assistance of an experienced defense attorney. Each person has the right to seek the best possible outcome for his or her case, even during the sentencing stage.