If you drive a few minutes south of Edinburg on US 281, you arrive in our city's neighbor, Alamo. The town is home to three men who find themselves drug trafficking charges far north of Texas.
The three men -- ages 37, 39 and 43 -- were recently arrested about 1,100 miles north of here in Lincoln, Nebraska, law enforcement officials said. They each face a charge of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to a news report.
The men were indicted on federal charges after investigators conducted a series of searches in the Lincoln and Omaha area. The 11 searches resulted in confiscation of "several pounds" of meth, cocaine and marijuana, the report in the Lincoln Journal Star stated. Officials also seized guns in the raids.
A local man was also indicted, according to the news report. He is accused of aiding and abetting the distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. If convicted on the charge, he faces up to 40 years in a federal prison.
The searches were conducted by agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the county's drug task force. In addition to the four men facing federal charges, four more had state charges filed against them by prosecutors.
A second leg of the operation was conducted a day later and resulted in the arrests of 11 more people on a variety of drugs and weapons charges, as well as money-laundering charges.
Clearly, the Alamo men and all others taken into custody during the investigations face the possibility of harsh punishment if convicted on these serious charges.
Experts agree that before discussing accusations with police or prosecutors, you should talk about the allegations and evidence with a skilled criminal defense attorney experienced in drug defense. In the Valley, you can contact The Sanchez Law Firm for more information.