A three and a half year federal investigation led by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force was completed this week when 43 people joined four others that had already been arrested in a massive operation aimed at a suspected drug trafficking organization in Texas. At this time, 47 suspects are in custody and facing drug charges. Nine others have yet to be arrested. Some of those may be out of the country.
According to police, the 56 suspects are accused of being involved in a complex international drug trafficking organization that supplied heroin and cocaine to large cities in several states all over the eastern half of the country. Law enforcement claims the suspects brought the drugs into the United States from Colombia and Mexico before selling some in Texas and then distributing the rest via cars and semi trucks. They also are accused of conspiring to commit money laundering and the illegal transfer of money.
Police claim the crimes occurred during a 26 month period from 2016 to 2018. They seized $3.1 million in cash and assets during the two day arrest spree. They also allegedly seized 124 kilos of cocaine and 4 of heroin.
The suspects face serious consequences if convicted of the drug charges they are accused of. They could potentially be fined millions of dollars and have to serve many years or even life in prison. The suspects are presumed innocent until, and only if, proven guilty. With the assistance of an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney, these individuals and others facing similar accusations can fight against the charges brought against them and work toward a favorable outcome.