In Texas, two people are facing drug charges after their vehicle was pulled over on Nov. 1 in Hildago County. According to the criminal complaint, the 33-year-old man and his 35-year-old female passenger were detained by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper at approximately 5:46 p.m. Reports indicate that the window tint on the stopped Chevrolet Silverado appeared to be darker than it is allowed to be by law.
First-time marijuana offenders in El Paso County may be able to avoid jail time and criminal records by participating in a newly unveiled program. Called the First Chance Program, it was unanimously approved by the commissioners of the county on Oct. 30.
According to law enforcement authorities with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, six men were taken into custody for an allegedly sophisticated marijuana growing operation. Search warrants were reportedly executed on multiple residences in late September, resulting in the arrests of the men.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has announced that a routine vehicle stop on the afternoon of Oct. 2 led to the discovery of a significant quantity of marijuana. The 22-year-old Brownsville man who was behind the wheel of the SUV involved was taken into custody following the search and charged with a felony count of drug possession. Reports indicate that he was transported to a detention facility in Willacy County after being booked and processed.
Those caught with less than 4 ounces of marijuana in Dallas County may not necessarily be sent to jail. Instead, a new "cite and release" program will allow police to issue a summons. Having received approval from both the Dallas City Council and Dallas County, the program is scheduled to begin Dec. 1. One county commissioner voted against the program, and that was because he felt the program didn't go far enough.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report indicates that the number of drug arrests increased nationwide in 2016 by 5.63 percent. Law enforcement agencies reported upwards of 1.5 million arrests for the violation of drug laws during that year, many of which occurred in Texas. More than 1.33 million of those arrests, accounting for 84.6 percent of the total, were for drug possession. Approximately 41 percent of the arrests were related to marijuana, the overwhelming majority of which were for marijuana possession.
On Sept. 25, it was reported that a Texas pilot was sentenced to three years in prison for smuggling drugs across state lines. Further, the 65-year-old man was ordered to surrender his 1969 Piper Comanche and pay a fee of $5,000.
Texas residents who have been arrested or charged with drug dealing or sales offenses may be upset and confused about their next steps. These types of criminal charges can be related to the alleged sale or attempted sale of any form of illegal controlled substance. Some of these substances can include heroin, cocaine, meth, MDMA, and marijuana.
On Sept. 7, a Texas man was taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana and other offenses after he reportedly led police on high-speed chase. Authorities were tipped off to the 24-year-old man at about 6 p.m.
On Aug. 30, three Texas men were taken into custody after the police executed a search warrant at a residence they were in. During the execution of the search warrant, the police reportedly found a number of different drugs, including marijuana, MDMA and Xanax.