West Texans Sentenced to Prison After Plane Crash Drug Bust

West Texans Sentenced to Prison After Plane Crash Drug Bust

Two individuals from West Texas had a plan to sell more than 160 pounds of marijuana for profit but their plan was foiled when their small plane carrying the narcotics crashed earlier this year. The police and authorities who arrived at the scene of the accident were shocked to find the large amount of marijuana on board the plane, and the two individuals were arrested on the spot.

Prosecutors claim that the two were flying from Sacramento to Houston in a Beechcraft Bonanza on April 30 th when they stopped to refuel at an airport in Plains, which is near the New Mexico state line. When they departed New Mexico to continue on their journey, the crew experienced engine trouble. The plane did not take off of the runway, but instead rushed into a field. The individuals who were on the plane tried to quickly hide the drugs, but were not successful in doing so.

Just this past week, the two were sentenced in a federal court. The pair pleaded guilty to their charges in August. They were formally charged with possession with intent to distribute. If you have been charged with possession with intent to distribute in the state of Texas, you are at risk to serious penalties. The punishment for possessing between 50 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana is a $10,000 fine and between two and twenty years in prison.

The crime is considered a second degree felony. Those who have more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana in their possession can be sentenced for between five and ninety-nine years in prison, and will be required to pay $50,000 in fines. If you want defense regarding a possession with intent to distribute charge, then contact a Plano drug defense lawyer right away for more information.