Law enforcement began making arrests in a drug crime investigation they are calling “Operation Crystal Cowboy.” So far, they have made 25 arrests, and they plan to make more arrests as the investigation goes on. Law enforcement has been involved in an investigation for eight months against the trafficking of meth and heroin in the city of Pleasanton, Texas.
Prosecutors have indicted 26 suspects on over 30 separate criminal charges, including the distribution of 11 grams of heroin and 204 grams of methamphetamine. Multiple suspects were found by law enforcement in possession of additional heroin and meth. Prosecutors have also filed two charges against suspects for endangering a child. Law enforcement has seized a large amount of illicit drugs along with $2,671.00 of money suspected to be from the sale of heroin and meth.
Facing Possession of a Controlled Substance Charges in Texas
Texas law enforcement has been cracking down on drug-related criminal cases. If you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance in Texas, you should take these charges seriously. The penalties for possession of a controlled substance vary depending on the amount and type of drugs involved. The more serious the drug, the harsher the penalties. For example, the penalties for possession of marijuana are less severe than the penalties for possession of cocaine.
Possession and Delivery of Cocaine in Texas
Cocaine and heroin are some of the most serious types of illicit drugs under Texas Drug laws. Possession of less than one gram of cocaine is considered a felony and carries a prison sentence between six months and two years. If you are a first-time offender, you can request that the judge probate your sentence, so you serve probation instead of jail time.
Possession of one to four grams of cocaine is considered a third-degree felony in Texas with fines of up to $10,000 and a jail sentence between two and 10 years. Those in possession of 4g to 200g of cocaine face second-degree felony charges, which carry a jail sentence between two and 20 years and a $10,000 fine. If you have been charged with a first-degree felony related to cocaine, law enforcement will claim that they caught you in possession of 200 to 400 grams of cocaine. This charge carries a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail sentence between five and 99 years.
The punishments for delivery and manufacturing of cocaine and heroin are even more serious than possession charges. For example, if you have manufactured over 400 grams of cocaine, you will face a $250,000 fine and a prison sentence between 15 and 99 years. The penalties are similar for the crime of delivering over 400 grams of cocaine.
Contact a Flower Mound Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
If you are facing criminal charges related to cocaine or heroin, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Depending on your specific charges, you could be facing a lifetime prison sentence. Contact Abel Law Firm today to schedule your initial consultation.