Teens Caught Smuggling Drugs at Eagle Pass, Texas
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents who stopped two teenagers for a routine check at Eagle Pass found them trying to smuggle a large quantity of methamphetamines into the country. The teens, aged 18 and 15, were stopped when trying to cross the Eagle Pass International Bridge. During the check, the federal agents discovered that the two teens were driving a stolen car, that the 15 year-old had been reported missing, and that the younger teen was carrying several bundles of methamphetamines that weighed more than three pounds and were valued at $47,550. A news report concerning the incident stated that the younger teen was taken into custody by the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office and the older one now faces federal prosecution with Homeland Security.
Drug trafficking is described as unlawful distribution, possession with intent to distribute, manufacture, import, or export any drugs listed in the federal Schedules of controlled substances. In regards to methamphetamine, the penalties under federal law for 50 grams or more or 500 grams or more of a mixture include fines of $10 to $50 million and 10 years to life in prison; for 5 to 49 grams or 50 to 499 grams of a mixture the penalties include fines of $5 to $25 million and 5 to 40 years in prison; for less than 5 grams or less than 50 grams of a mixture the penalties include $1 to $5 million in fines and up to 20 years in prison.
Criminal Defense Firm in San Antonio, Texas
Due to the problem with skyrocketing methamphetamine usage in Texas and throughout the nation, law enforcement agencies generally come down hard on those found engaging in illegal activity concerning this drug. Many special task forces have been created to identify and prosecute methamphetamine drug crimes. Whether you are facing drug charges for simple possession or for a more serious crime such as distribution or trafficking, getting qualified legal representation for your defense is vital.
In the greater San Antonio area, you can turn to the criminal defense team at the Law Office of John J. Fox. Mr. Fox has been practicing criminal defense for close to 15 years, is a member of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as well as the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also the author of published articles concerning criminal law topics and has taught classes and seminars to others on these topics. All of these accomplishments reflect his outstanding knowledge and professionalism. If you are facing criminal charges, it is imperative that you retain the services of a seasoned criminal attorney. Contact the firm to take advantage of a free case evaluation and find out how Mr. Fox and his team can help you.