A 59-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment plus 20 years for helping to run a violent motorcycle gang involved in drug trafficking. The sentences were handed down by a federal judge on Sept. 22. During a three-month-long trial that concluded in May, prosecutors convinced a jury that the man committed his crimes while acting as the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization's national vice president.
Several states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, although Texas is not one of them. Despite this, a new FBI report shows that marijuana busts are increasing across the nation.
Texas readers know that selling illegal drugs can lead to drug trafficking charges. However, some people may not be aware that it is possible to face those charges for giving illicit substances to friends. Such is apparently the case with Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III.
The Austin Police Department reported stopping a vehicle that allegedly contained 50 pounds of methamphetamine, 82 pounds of cocaine and 6 pounds of heroin. They calculated the street value of the banned drugs at $4.8 million.
A state trooper suspected the presence of drugs in a 2008 Chrysler sedan during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 59 in Angelina County. The trooper based the suspicion on a conversation with the 28-year-old male driver. After requesting the support of a police drug dog, a search of the vehicle ensued.
On June 22, 13 people appeared in a West Texas federal courthouse on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. The charges stem from raids conducted by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Texas Department of Publish Safety and Brownfield police. Multiple locations in the cities of Lubbock, Terry County, Brownfield and Meadow were searched during the raids.
Fifty-seven Texas white supremacist members have been charged with crimes related to drug trafficking and kidnapping conspiracy according to federal authorities. Of the defendants charged, 42 were arrested in late April, 9 of them were already in custody for unrelated crimes, and 6 are still at large. The charges were announced on April 30.
Texas police made two methamphetamine busts when K-9 officers sniffed out the presence of drugs during traffic stops. The incidents took place on May 5 and May 9.
On May 3, Texas authorities took a father and son into custody after accusing them of transporting a large amount of marijuana and cash. The arrest occurred after authorities received a tip about potentially suspicious activity in a San Marcos apartment complex.
On April 24, police arrested three Texas residents on drug possession charges. One of the defendants is a former high school principal.