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Seven Arrested in Texas Drug Bust
A Lubbock methamphetamine trafficking ring was busted in late November following an 18-month investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Seven individuals were arrested and are now facing Texas drug charges for possession of marijuana and methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
The suspects have also been charged with evading arrest, hindering apprehension and unlawful possession of a firearm. At least one has been indicted on federal charges for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Police seized 250 grams of meth and 1.4 pounds of marijuana during the course of the investigation. It is suspected that some members of the group were associates of the Mexican drug cartel La Familia Michoacana.
Texas Drug Crime Penalties
Texas drug charges carry heavy penalties.
Possession of more than four ounces of marijuana is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison. Get caught with more than five pounds and the maximum penalty increases to 10 years imprisonment. The penalties for sale are even stricter - sale of anything more than a quarter-ounce can send someone to prison for two years. Sale of five pounds or more carries a 20-year sentence.
Methamphetamine is a "penalty group one" drug under Texas law, meaning meth charges carry the strictest penalties. Possession of less than one gram of meth is a felony punishable by up to two years' incarceration. Possession of more than 200 grams - like the charges in the Lubbock case - is a 1st degree felony that can be punished by life in prison.
Further, nearly every drug violation is a federal crime in addition to a state crime. Federal penalties for possession and sale of illegal drugs are usually much higher than state penalties. Federal charges usually come into play when a federal agency, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, investigates a crime.
If you've been charged with a Texas drug crime, you need experienced legal help. Talk to a Dallas criminal defense attorney who can help protect your future.