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Man sentenced in federal drug trafficking case outside of Florida

A court outside the state of Florida recently sentenced a man who was previously convicted of illegal drug activity. The federal drug trafficking case included a guilty plea on the part of the defendant, which he entered in Dec. 2014. He was sentenced on a recent Friday in court.

The 47-year-old man admitted to conspiring to distribute cocaine. He also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute the drug. He has been sentenced to 25 years in a federal penitentiary.

The drug activity involved the movement of drugs from Mexico to the United States. Some of the cocaine was reportedly converted to crack. The man received weekly shipments of the drugs, which he then transported to a location in Texas. He was indicted by a grand jury in 2014 and charged with trafficking offenses.

Several government and law enforcement agencies are said to have combined efforts in the investigation that led to the man's arrest and subsequent conviction on federal drug trafficking charges, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In Florida, or anywhere throughout the United States, a person is able to act under the guidance of a criminal lawyer when he or she is accused or suspected of committing a drug-related crime. This allows a legal advocate to ensure that none of a defendant's personal rights are violated in connection with any legal proceedings. An experienced attorney would also be able determine what options might be available in order to seek as positive an outcome as possible in court.

Source: cbs19.tv, "Angelina County man sentenced for Federal drug trafficking violations", Oct. 9, 2015

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