Customs and Border Patrol agents say that they recently arrested 44 people for crimes they allegedly committed at points of entry to the United States, in Texas. Law enforcement officers say they confiscated many items during an investigation and search, including ammunition, cash and illegal drugs. Those arrested are expected to face drug charges, as well as allegations of additional crimes.
Law enforcement officers used K-9 units in their search. The dogs are said to have uncovered more than 2,000 pounds of methamphetamine. The officers say that all of the alleged drugs that were seized amount to more than $18 million in street market value.
Authorities say the accused are part of a criminal organization
Investigators at the Texas border say that they have reason to believe that many, if not all, of those arrested are working as part of a transnational criminal organization. They believe that the organization combines efforts to transport illegal drugs worth millions of dollars into the United States. Officers also say that one of the searched vehicles contained a substantial amount of undeclared cash, which was supposedly hidden in a secret compartment.
Allegations of drug crimes do not constitute proof
Facing drug charges in Texas is one thing — being convicted is a whole other matter, especially at the federal level. No matter how serious criminal charges might be, anyone accused of a drug crime is entitled to present a defense in court. While there is no way to ensure a particular outcome, it is always best to rely on experienced criminal defense support as a means of pursuing the most positive outcome possible.