On April 18, a federal grand jury in Texas indicted seven men for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking ring. The defendants are reportedly members of the East Side Bloods street gang.
According to media reports, the defendants were acquiring powder cocaine and crack cocaine from suppliers in Austin and distributing them in San Antonio. The operation was apparently being run from the Springhill Apartments, which are located on the 4800 block of Ray Bon Drive. Law enforcement officers searched the property and allegedly uncovered large amounts of cocaine and marijuana, nine firearms and a large amount of cash. They also discovered approximately 20 kilograms of methamphetamine pills, some of which had been dyed pastel colors to mimic the look of Easter candy. Over 20 different pill dyes were allegedly found during the search. Authorities believe the pills were intended for sale in clubs, but the colors could have enticed children to consume them.
In addition to the seven defendants named in the indictment, three other men already in custody were also charged. If convicted, the defendants face up to 40 years in federal prison.
Drug charge convictions often lead to severe consequences for defendants, including long prison terms, expensive fines, and the seizure of personal property. However, a defendant could help his or her case by contacting a criminal defense attorney for assistance. The attorney could ensure a defendant's rights are protected and work to get the charges dismissed or reduced through a plea deal.
Source: KSAT, "Meth pills disguised as Easter candy seized in drug bust, DEA says", Adrian Garcia, April 19, 2019