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Texas woman sentenced to six years in jail for mailing drugs

A Texas woman has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and for drug delivery. According to the report, she participated in selling and mailing marijuana between Dec. 2009 and Mar. 2012. As a result, she has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. Two other individuals were also convicted on similar charges. One of them pleaded guilty in Oct. 2012 and was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. The other individual pleaded guilty but will not be sentenced until Oct. 2013.

The three individuals were taken into custody after authorities discovered that one man had received a package containing more than 2 pounds of marijuana. In April, he pleaded guilty for possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Allegedly, the individuals would mail the drugs to buyers using fictitious return addresses. The buyers would then return the proceeds in the form of postal money orders, which were then deposited into the alleged distributors' bank accounts or cashed.

Texas residents who are convicted of drug charges face severe consequences. They may have their license suspended and be prohibited from applying for student loans. The conviction also remains on their permanent record for life, making it often difficult for individuals to find employment. If the person is convicted in federal court, they are less likely to receive probation.

When a person is accused of possessing or distributing drugs, the prosecution has to prove that the individual knowingly or intentionally possessed or sold them. An experienced Texas criminal law attorney may be able to challenge the evidence that links the individual to the drugs in question.

Source: Star-Telegram, "Fort Worth woman sentenced for role in major drug operation", Domingo Ramirez Jr., June 28, 2013

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