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Law enforcement operation catches gang fugitive

The Texas Anti-Gang Center in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies in Lubbock arrested 12 people during a search for one of the state's top 10 most wanted gang fugitives. Agents succeeded in finding their intended target, a 41-year-old man with an outstanding federal warrant for weapons violations.

The TAG Center tracks known criminals and suspects believed to associate with gangs. The agency's website publishes information about wanted gang members and provides a way for community members to send anonymous tips to law enforcement.

During the multi-agency sweep of the town, officers conducted traffic stops and searched a residence in the 2300 block of 29th Street. A traffic stop near 41st Street and Utica Avenue resulted in the capture of the fugitive. Officers took him to the County Detention Center. Additionally, the operation brought 11 more people, ranging in age from 21 to 45, into custody on various weapon or drug charges.

When a person is taken into custody, the experience can be disorienting and frightening. An attorney could describe the possible consequences of a conviction on a drug charge and suggest strategies for countering the allegations. Depending on the details of a case, an attorney might have opportunities to question the person's association with evidence or seek the removal of evidence gathered during an unlawful search and seizure. An attorney's honest assessment about a case could help a person decide how to enter a plea. Even if a person chooses not to stand trial, an attorney might broker a plea deal that swaps a drug diversion program for jail time.

Source: Everything Lubbock, "12 arrested during Texas Anti-Gang Center operation in Lubbock Friday", Feb. 2, 2019

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