Texas Police Officer Arrested on Drug and Money Laundering Charges

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas reported on April 6 that a Harris County deputy constable had been arrested – along with his girlfriend – for the crime of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. On April 1, a federal grand jury indicted the officer on three counts that include allegedly laundering $350,000 in proceeds from drug sales that spanned four months. This is a dramatic case that highlights exactly how pervasive drug crimes are and how serious their related charges and penalties can be.

If Convicted

If convicted, the couple faces from ten years to life in prison – in addition to a maximum fine of $10 million. The officer himself faces an additional 20 years if either of the two money laundering charges sticks. In other words, this is a serious matter that requires a solid criminal defense.

Money Laundering

If you are facing drug charges or drug-related charges, they are unlikely to be as dramatic as this case, but they remain a serious business. The charge of money laundering (on top of the drug charge itself) refers to the white-collar crime of funneling proceeds from an illegal activity (such as selling drugs) into legal, mainstream money sources (such as through banks and other financial institutions), which makes it more difficult to trace where the money came from in the first place. Illegal drug activity and allegations related to terrorism are common sources of money laundering charges.

Federal Attention

The federal government pays special attention to schemes related to money laundering. In fact, they have recently begun to take a more careful look at financial institutions to help ensure that banks maintain rigorous internal systems that comply with all legal requirements and that allow them to better identify money that has been laundered.

In the State of Texas

Money laundering is not only a federal crime but is also a felony in the State of Texas. The seriousness of the charge increases in direct relation to the amount of money involved. In Texas, the most serious money laundering charge is a first-degree felony that is punishable by the following:

  • From five to 99 years (or life) in prison

  • Up to $10,000 in fines

Do Not Wait to Consult with an Experienced Killeen Criminal Defense Lawyer

Drug charges are serious, and when they are coupled with money laundering charges, they become that much more so. If you are facing a drug charge of any kind in addition to a drug-related charge, it is time to seek the professional legal counsel of Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas. Mr. Pritchard is a focused criminal defense lawyer who has a wealth of experience successfully defending the legal rights of clients like you – while zealously pursuing their case’s most favorable resolutions. For more information about how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 254-501-4040 today.

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