Texas is a large state with a rich history and a very diverse population. Unfortunately, just like any other U.S. state, it also has its fair share of criminal activity. While no “safe” crimes exist, some are more dangerous for various reasons than others. Some of the most dangerous federal crimes committed by those in Texas include drug trafficking, human trafficking, and gun trafficking.
Drug trafficking is a major problem in Texas, with countless illegal drugs being smuggled across the border from Mexico. Significant amounts of many types of drugs, including methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, are smuggled from Mexico into Texas daily. Federal-wide Drug Seizure System (FDSS) data reveals that the quantity of drugs seized by federal law enforcement officers in Texas, most of which is seized at or near the U.S.-Mexico border, regularly exceeds that of any other state in America.
Texas is, unfortunately, a major hub for the transportation of drugs to other parts of the country, making it a prime target for drug traffickers. The criminal penalties for drug trafficking are severe, and those convicted of these types of crimes will face lengthy prison sentences and substantial monetary fines.
Human trafficking is also a severe problem and dangerous crime in Texas. Many human trafficking victims are forced into prostitution or labor. Thankfully, Texas has taken steps to fight human trafficking, including the inception of a statewide human trafficking task force. Those convicted of human trafficking can face consequences of life in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Another significant and dangerous crime in Texas is gun trafficking. Like drugs, illegal guns are smuggled into Texas from other areas of the U.S. and across the Mexican border. Recognizing this dangerous crime, Texas also initiated a statewide gun trafficking task force. A conviction of gun trafficking comes with a prison sentence of up to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000.
Finally, terrorism is another dangerous federal crime committed in Texas. Although terrorism is rare, acts of terrorism can have devastating and far-reaching consequences. In addition to other task forces, Texas has taken steps to combat terrorism, including the creation of a statewide terrorism task force. If an individual is convicted of terrorism, they can face up to life in prison and as much as $250,000 in fines.
Besides these federal crimes, multiple other crimes are particularly dangerous in Texas. These include crimes such as murder, rape, and arson. The penalties for these dangerous crimes are severe, and those convicted can face long prison sentences, severe fines, and other criminal penalties.
It’s essential to remember that while these crimes are particularly dangerous, all crimes are serious and may come with serious criminal consequences. If you have been accused of or charged with a crime, seek legal advice immediately. A knowledgeable Texas criminal defense lawyer can help you understand and exercise your legal rights and work tirelessly to protect them.
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