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14 alleged drug traffickers taken into custody

It has been reported that 14 alleged members of a Texas drug trafficking group have been taken into police custody. The first person was arrested on June 20 while the other 13 were taken into custody the following day.

Law enforcement seized about 11 pounds of cocaine and more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana. Additionally, seven vehicles and about $140,000 were also seized. According to the authorities, the organization would smuggle the cocaine and marijuana into the El Paso area before distributing it to locations throughout the nation, including Colorado, Ohio and South Carolina. Authorities said the drug smuggling was being disguised as a legitimate business.

Twelve of the accused individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury on conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. Five of the accused were also charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana. Seven were accused of possession with intent to distribute, and 10 were facing commit money laundering conspiracy charges. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation.

The federal government aggressively prosecutes drug charges. Because the legal consequences can be particularly severe and include lengthy prison sentences and steeo fines, seeking legal representation is incredibly important. Dependent on the circumstances of the case, a criminal defense attorney may ensure that the client's constitutional rights are not violated while the case is ongoing. The attorney may also work to build the strongest defense possible depending on the evidence the prosecution has.

Source: FOX News, "DEA arrests 14 cartel members in Texas, seizes drugs and money", Ray Bogan, June 23, 2017

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