New technology and interstate communications have certainly had an impact on many things, and the drug trade is no exception. A group of people were recently accused of federal drug crimes related to the attempt to mail a large amount of fentanyl from another state back to Texas. The large quantity of the deadly drug, valued at $1 million, was seized before it made its way to Texas.
Along with the a kilogram of fentanyl seized at the post office, a half-kilo and $8,500 in cash was seized from a motel room. The drugs were allegedly found in the motel room of three Texas residents. They are now accused of federal drug crimes related to the seizure.
The charges were the result of a week long investigation, where officers watched the accused enter and exit their motel room until obtaining a search warrant for both the room and the post office. Upon questioning from the police, the trio claimed they had driven up from Texas for a wedding. Two of the accused also claimed to be half-siblings.
In this case and in similar cases, jurisdiction plays an important role in where and how people are charged for drug crimes. This can have a strong impact on the criminal case, particularly when charges are brought at the federal level. Regardless of whether individuals are charged at the state or federal level in Texas, they are entitled to an attorney and are presumed innocent before the court unless and until prosecutors actually prove otherwise.
Source: foxnews.com, "$1M in fentanyl seized from Texas trio plotting to mail drugs back from Ohio, authorities say", Bradford Betz, March 25, 2018