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Category: Drug Trafficking

Jul 13
2019

Mandatory Minimums for Texas Drug Trafficking Convictions?

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

In Texas, sentencing for drug trafficking crimes at the state level is still left up to the discretion of the judge who hears your case.

Based on criminal history and any mitigating or aggravating factors, the right Ft. Worth drug trafficking defense attorney may be able to negotiate your sentence down to the lower end of the penalty range.

Cross state lines with any significant amount of a controlled substance, however, and your case may quickly become one of federal interest. Although key changes to drug laws may be happening in the near future, Texas drug trafficking convictions are still subject to mandatory minimums today.

In this post, we share what those new statutes say, explain how mandatory minimums for [...]

Mar 1
2019

Actions That Texas Considers Drug Trafficking

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that drug trafficking constitutes 1 in every 5 drug-related arrests made in the United States. Texas is no exception to this, as drug trafficking is quite common here.

In fact, parts of the Lone Star State have been described as High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, and the DOJ reports that the Texas-Mexico border is extensively used by Drug Trafficking Organizations to bring illicit drugs into the U.S.

Partially because of this, Texas courts don’t take drug trafficking charges lightly. Sentencing guidelines for drug trafficking crimes are outlined in sections 481.112, 481.113, 481.1121, and 481.114 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. If found guilty, one may be served with the following sentences:

  • Minimum
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Jan 23
2019

How Long Do Drug Trafficking Investigations Take in Texas?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Drug Trafficking

The short answer: It varies, but more likely than not, a long time.

Take for instance an operation finally shut down last month involving drug traffickers with Mexican cartel ties. The Star Telegram reported that federal, state, and local authorities investigated nearly five years before finally moving in on a ring distributing narcotics in North Texas.

Thirteen suspects were arrested after FBI agents raided a home just across the street from an elementary school in Grand Prairie and seized 380 grams of heroin, five kilograms of meth, and a shotgun. In conjunction with the same investigation, seven weapons and cocaine were being discovered and seized from two other locations in Dallas at the same time.

If the suspects are convicted, [...]

Dec 27
2018

Get Convicted of a Texas Drug Crime, Face Deportation

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Drug Trafficking

Within days of his 2017 inauguration, the President had already drawn up and signed an executive order to strengthen the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws targeting immigrants deemed a threat to public safety, and particularly “aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States.”

Houston Public Media reported less than a month later that 680 arrests were made during raids within a single week, and that 75 percent of the detainees had convictions – including convictions on drug-related offenses. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio confirmed around the same time that ICE agents across Texas were conducting these targeted raids.

All of them fall under the ongoing domestic operation known as Operation Cross Check, which was originally [...]

Nov 1
2018

What Makes Drug Trafficking in Texas into a Federal Case?

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

Because any drug crime can technically be made into a federal case, it’s important to know when the federal government is interested making it one.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at some examples of trafficking and go over the reasons why feds have taken an interest in these specific cases.

Our goal is to help you understand why your drug trafficking offense may be charged at the federal level instead of at the state level here in Texas – but first we’re going to talk a bit about trafficking in general.

Defining Drug Trafficking – in Texas and Beyond

Drug trafficking is most simply defined as the crime of unlawful importing, transporting, or selling of illegal [...]

Jul 19
2018

What the 20 Charged in West Texas Drug Trafficking Ring are Up against

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

In June, law enforcement agencies throughout Terry County and Lubbock County raided over a dozen locations to bust a major drug trafficking ring in West Texas. The raids were an effort headed by federal and state police to catch over a dozen individuals who had been involved in a conspiracy since January to move drugs. During the raid, police seized a pound of cocaine and five pounds of marijuana. Firearms and vehicles were also taken.

Some of the individuals involved in the ring were already being held in jail for state charges. Collectively, 20 people were charged with the following federal crimes:

  • conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana
  • distribution and possession with intent
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