District Attorney Devon Anderson announced today her push to stop food stamp trafficking in Harris County.
"These criminals not only steal from taxpayers, but also from Texans who rely on food stamp benefits to survive," said D.A. Anderson.
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HOUSTON – Yesterday, Harris County District Attorney, Devon Anderson concluded a two week Capital Murder trial against defendant, Harlem Harold Lewis, III. The jury found the defendant guilty as charged and sentenced him to death.
This trial is the first time any sitting District Attorney has personally prosecuted a case before a jury in over a decade in Harris County.
“I’m pleased we were able to obtain justice for Bellaire police officer, Jimmie Norman, Good Samaritan, Terry Taylor and all the citizens of Harris County,” Anderson said.
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This afternoon at HPOU headquarters, I had the honor of showing my support of the fight to prevent human smuggling with Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and our next governor, General Greg Abbott.
It is important to note that human smuggling and human trafficking are two distinct crimes. For example, the definition of human smuggling is the importation and/or harboring of people into the United States involving deliberate evasion of immigration laws. Human trafficking however, is defined as the exploitation of persons for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery, or forced commercial sex acts.
In Houston, we've witnessed first-hand on numerous occasions the deplorable conditions many of those smuggled into the country are forced to live in as a result of the law evading tactics utilized by smugglers to prevent detection.
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