On Sept. 18, Texas authorities seized approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. The incident took place in McKinney.

According to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, members of the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit, or NTXCIU, pulled over a vehicle on U.S. 75 and discovered the drugs. The bust was just one of several conducted by the unit, which targets drug and human traffickers traveling on Texas roadways, this year. Authorities hope these busts will cut down on illegal drug sales and human trafficking in the state.

Founded in 2017, the NTXCIU is comprised of eight sheriff’s departments in North Texas, including departments from the counties of Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Park, Rockwall, Tarrant, Smith and Wise. In the first quarter of 2018, deputies from the NTXCIU reportedly seized 1,479 pounds of marijuana, 61 pounds of methamphetamine, 13 pounds of THC edibles, 9 pounds of heroin, 5 pounds of cocaine and half a pound of fentanyl. They also seized around $60,000 in cash, eight stolen vehicles and four automatic firearms. One bust alone yielded 600 pounds of marijuana, 15 kilograms of methamphetamine, 9 kilograms of cocaine and 4 kilograms of heroin. A total of 57 individuals were arrested as a result of the seizures, including two fugitives accused of committing capital murder. Authorities also rescued a sex trafficking victim and a victim of abduction.

If convicted, individuals facing a drug charge could be sentenced to years in prison and assessed steep fines. However, a defendant might be able to avoid such severe consequences with the help of a criminal defense attorney. In some cases, the attorney may find evidence that counters the prosecution’s version of events, which could cause the charges to be dropped. In others, legal counsel might be able to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the charges and associated penalties.