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Man sentenced to 204 months in prison for drug trafficking

On March 31, it was reported that a Texas man who was convicted on a drug trafficking charge was sentenced to federal prison. He will remain behind bars for 204 months.

The 35-year-old convicted man and several other co-conspirators reportedly began operating a drug trafficking organization in 2009. The group was accused of acquiring large amount of crack cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico suppliers. In September 2013, authorities became aware of the group's drug activities and began an investigation that involved controlled drug purchases from some of the organization's members. The agencies involved in the investigation included the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations.

Controlled drug purchases were generally made in rural locations located around Kirbyville and Bon Weir. The authorities ultimately seized guns, money and drugs from the group. The man and nine others were indicted in early September 2015. He pleaded guilty to multiple offenses, including the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

When a person has been accused of multiple drug offenses, it is advisable to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the investigation and the resulting evidence, there may be several different strategies an attorney could utilize. If the prosecution does not have direct evidence that the defendant was involved in any drug sales, the attorney may argue that the defendant was not involved in the alleged drug operation or that they had no knowledge that they were somehow playing a role in the organization.

Source: KTRE, "Judge sentences Kirbyville man to 17 years in federal prison for drug trafficking charge", March 31, 2017

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