28 Texans Indicted for Running Drug Distribution Ring
Minh Dam with the Houston Chronicle reports that 28 Texans were indicted on suspicion of violating federal law against drug possession, conspiracy and distribution, which means they face hefty prison sentences if they're convicted.
The drug ring, which operated in East Texas, and includes 16 people from Houston itself, allegedly trafficked in cocaine, marijuana, and meth, distributing the drugs in 8 states in addition to Texas.
As Dam reports, the indicted men generally range in age from the late twenties to the early forties, and stand to have $700,000 forfeited by police, along with houses, vehicles, and weapons, as part of the property forfeiture laws associated with drug crimes. Dam reports that the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force started its investigation more than two years ago, which apparently culminated in these indictments.
In Texas, federal drug trafficking charges are some of the most serious types of drug-related charges you can face. Unfortunately, a conviction means that the judge's hands are often tied when it comes to mandatory minimum sentencing, which means it makes sense to do all you can to defend yourself a conviction in the first place.