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26 alleged mafia members taken into custody on drug charges

It was reported on May 23 that 26 alleged members of a Texas mafia were taken into police custody. The report said that authorities already had eight individuals in custody while three alleged members were still on the run.

The alleged members of the group, which is known as the Texas Mexican Mafia, have been reportedly distributing drugs, including methamphetamine and heroin, in the San Antonio region since 2015. They also allegedly collected a 10 percent tax that non-members who assisted with the distribution had to pay. Those who did not pay the tax were at risk for serious bodily harm, which could potentially include death.

The charges that were listed in the federal grand jury indictment included conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute substances, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by violence or threats and the use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Each person could potentially face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for the conspiracy charges and a maximum of 40 years for the drug possession charges.

Texas is particularly known for its tough drug laws. Because a drug trafficking conviction can result in a decades-long prison sentence, it is important that the accused person get a proper defense against the charges. A criminal law attorney may review the case to determine which drug charge defense may get the most positive outcome. In some cases, the attorney may also challenge the admission of certain evidence or testimony, especially if the defendant's rights were violated.

Source: Breitbart, "Feds Arrest Dozens of Texas Mexican Mafia Members", Ryan Saavedra, May 23, 2017

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