The popularity of synthetic drugs has risen over recent years, and police have devoted more of their time and resources to those believed to be involved with them. Texas police recently charged 16 people on drug distribution allegations. Authorities claim that those involved had the intent to distribute some synthetic drugs that were in their possession.
Several agencies teamed up to complete the multi-year operation that resulted in the 13-count indictment. Police seized over nine tons of synthetic drugs and millions of dollars during that period of time. The synthetic drugs were supposedly packaged in small bags under various names, including Kush and potpourri, and sold at places like convenience stores and gas stations. Authorities claim that synthetic drugs are causing deaths across the state, but they did not link any of those alleged deaths to the recent arrests.
One of those arrested includes a professor at an area university. The professor of finance is also accused of conspiring to launder money in addition to the distribution charges. It is not entirely clear if the other individuals listed in the indictment are also facing different charges in addition to the initial allegations of distribution.
Whether synthetic or not, the legal system in Texas treats allegations for drug distribution quite seriously, and the possible penalties for a conviction can affect a person for the remainder of his or her life. Defendants can typically achieve the best outcome for their unique cases by taking the time to thoroughly review their charges and related evidence. Completing this in a timely manner allows most people to determine whether it is in their best interests to negotiate a plea deal or to fight the charges to their fullest extent.
Source: abc13.com, "UH professor among those arrested in synthetic drug bust", May 18, 2016