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MMA promoter charged in drug trafficking scheme

An owner of South Texas Fighting Championships was handed drug charges in March. The mixed martial arts promoter was one of fifteen defendants accused of taking part in a drug trafficking scheme that involved several law enforcement officers. The alleged scheme had been under investigation by Homeland Security since 2013.

The accused individuals were charged with 11 counts of conspiracy and drug possession. Homeland Security believes that the individuals would target other drug traffickers on the Mexican border and steal their drugs. Specifically, the owner of South Texas Fighting Championships is accused of recruiting police officers and convincing them to take part in fake drug seizures in exchange for bribes.

The Homeland Security report alleges that the accused individuals would make contact with drug traffickers along the border that were interested in bringing methamphetamine and cocaine into cities in the north. The group would then use the drugs to create a highly diluted load of drugs that could be seized by law enforcement. The drug traffickers would then be told that authorities had seized their drugs, and the group would keep the undiluted drugs.

When an investigation into an alleged drug conspiracy takes years to complete, there may be people who are falsely charged for participating in the scheme simply because they knew some of the people involved. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help an individual who has been accused of drug offenses to build a strong defense. An attorney may begin by looking for evidence that could be dismissed because it was obtained unlawfully. If the prosecution still has a case against the defendant, an attorney may dispute the validity of the remaining evidence or negotiate for lesser charges.

Source: Sherdog, "Report: Mixed Martial Arts Promoter Facing Drug Charges in Texas," May 22, 2016

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