Smuggling drugs can be big business carrying massive federal penalties. In late 2017, authorities claimed they bust a Texas to North Carolina drug pipeline.
The arrests of 20 people followed an 18-month long investigation into drug trafficking from Texas to North Carolina.
A report on ABC11 noted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation probed an alleged drug-selling operation from April 2016 to October 2017.
They claimed the group was selling large amounts of drugs.
The investigation started when undercover agents bought methamphetamine that led to sources in Texas. The investigation later widened.
Investigators then discovered an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in Texas was looking into the same North Carolina-based group that was allegedly transporting drugs from the Lone Star State to North Carolina.
A major, multi-agency operation ended with the arrests of 20 people. The suspects were charged with federal charges of conspiracy to traffic more than five kilograms of cocaine.
The ABC 11 report noted they could face 10 years to life in prison.
When investigating a drug pipeline between states, suspects are charged in federal courts. Penalties for any type of drug offense are harsh in the federal courts.
Drug trafficking is also known as drug distribution. It is defined as the offense of transporting,or illegally importing unlawful controlled substances like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or other illegal drugs.
Drug trafficking charges can also be brought over the illegal selling or transportation of prescription drugs. As the opioid epidemic has taken hold in contemporary America, this crime has become an increasing problem in recent years.
Texas has some of the strictest drug trafficking penalties in the nation. Federal courts have some extremely harsh mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking. If you have been charged with this offense, please call us today for a free consultation about your case.