A 39-year-old man from Texas was sentenced to life in a federal prison for his role in a drug trafficking operation. Authorities say that he took part in the scheme despite the fact that he was in jail since he was taken into custody in December 2016. He was sentenced for drug possession and distribution charges in August 2017.
The man's apartment had been searched in 2015, and the search led to $22,000 and a pistol being confiscated. That was in addition to drugs and drug paraphernalia. Authorities say that the man admitted to delivering 50 pounds of methamphetamine just days before the apartment was raided. Phone calls made while he was in jail confirmed that he played a role in drug trafficking while he was in custody.
If a person is taken into custody on drug charges, it may be a good idea to contact an attorney. This is because an individual may face a variety of penalties if convicted of a charge, including lengthy incarceration. An attorney may be able to take steps to help a person avoid some or all of these penalties.
One of the ways in which this may be done is to assert that an individual did not play a role in distributing drugs or was not in possession of them. Another defense may be to assert that an individual did not know that a substance was not legal to possess or that someone else forced that individual to commit a crime. If successful, charges may be dropped or reduced prior to a trial.