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2 charged after police find 677 lbs of pot in RV

On Jan. 14, two individuals were charged with drug possession with intent to distribute after Texas authorities found more than 670 pounds of marijuana in a recreational vehicle during a traffic stop. It was estimated that the street value of the marijuana was more than $2 million.

A police officer executed the traffic stop on the RV after the deputy observed the driver weaving across the center line. When the driver stepped out of the RV to talk to the deputy, it was reported that he appeared nervous. However, the 59-year-old man gave consent to search the RV. The officer found the RV full of high-grade marijuana.

2 ways police may try to arrest you for marijuana possession

The question of what happens to people caught with marijuana has become a tricky subject in recent years. While it is legal to have a small amount of the substance on your person in Washington, Colorado and a few other states, marijuana is still illegal in Texas. In general, most states have begun to treat marijuana like alcohol when you drive, so you should always avoid driving while high

Marijuana arrests are highly common, most likely due to the fact marijuana is so easily accessible and most people do not believe it is harmful in any way. Police officers utilize various tricks and methods to try to catch someone with weed, so be aware of your rights to avoid a mistake that could land you in jail. 

Man detained with drugs and cash

On Nov. 21, a 25-year-old man was taken into custody in Texas after police saw him driving erratically. The man was in the 4600 block of Little Road in Arlington. Police say marijuana was in the vehicle in plain sight.

The man also had cash, more than 3,000 Xanax pills, 30 bottles of promethazine, other narcotics and cash. The promethazine was enough to make more than 4,700 bottles of cough syrup. It is an ingredient in a drug that is called "lean" or "purple drank" and can lead to a deadly overdose if it is mixed with alcohol or other drugs.

Marijuana worth $424,000 discovered during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop on the afternoon of Dec. 21 led to the recovery of marijuana with a street value of more than $400,000 according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A 28-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man were taken into custody at the scene and charged with felony marijuana possession in connection with the drug haul. Reports indicate that the man was later released from the Carson City Jail after posting a bond of $22,000.

According to police reports, a Ford F-150 pickup truck being driven by the woman was pulled over by a Texas Highway Patrol vehicle on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 in the vicinity of Conway at approximately 2:45 p.m. However, initial reports do not reveal the nature of the traffic violation that prompted the police action or what led the trooper involved to call a K9 unit to the scene.

Texas county offers minor drug offenders an alternative to court

Possessing two ounces or less of marijuana is still considered a Class B felony under Texas law, but that has not prevented some counties in the Lone Star State from putting diversion programs in place that allow individuals caught with small amounts of the drug to avoid criminal charges. The latest such program was approved unanimously by the Travis County Commissioners Court on Dec. 19. Under the program, which will go into effect in January 2018, offenders can avoid dealing with the criminal justice system by paying $45 to attend a four-hour class.

Court records reveal that about 3,000 minor marijuana possession cases are handled each year by the Travis County District Attorney's Office, and supporters of the recently approved diversion program say that it will serve the public by allowing law enforcement and prosecutors to concentrate on more serious criminal activity. In addition to avoiding fines of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail, those who attend the four-hour marijuana classes will not be saddled with criminal records that could make finding work more difficult.

3 things to never tell a police officer following a DUI arrest

One of the most well-known tropes of cop television shows is a person's right to remain silent. This Miranda Warning protects people from making incriminating statements. Anyone placed under arrest has a right to consult with a lawyer first before talking directly to law enforcement. 

DUI arrest can greatly upend your life. Everything you say and do from the moment the police officer pulls you over impacts the ultimate outcome. You may need to provide basic information to the officer, but there are certain things you should avoid telling authorities when you are still in your car and when you are at the station. 

Anonymous tip leads to the seizure of marijuana worth $962,000

Police in Texas have reported that an anonymous tip received on the afternoon of Dec. 16 led to the seizure of marijuana with an approximate street value of more than $900,000 in Denton County. Officers from the Lewisville Police Department are said to have found 372 packages of the drug concealed in cardboard boxes during the search of a U-Haul trailer. Following the discovery, a 28-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were brought into custody on second-degree felony drug possession charges.

According to police reports, the anonymous caller said that the couple was transporting the drugs from California to one of two addresses in Lewisville. Both marked and unmarked police vehicles were dispatched to the two addresses, and the couple was spotted leaving an apartment complex on Hebron Station Parkway. The woman was driving a silver pickup truck hauling a trailer, and the man was driving a black SUV.

Texas police call in K9 unit during routine traffic stop

Police in Texas charged a 24-year-old man with drug possession with the intent to distribute after heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana were allegedly discovered during a routine traffic stop. The man's vehicle was pulled over in Austin on Dec. 6 for reckless driving, and a subsequent search is said to have yielded substantial quantities of heroin along with drug paraphernalia including plastic bags and rubber bands.

The Austin Police Department officer who pulled over the man's car stated that he became suspicious when he noticed that the man had two cellphones. The officer said that this led him to believe the man was transporting drugs based on his previous experience in narcotics cases. The officer also claimed that the man acted nervously and refused to consent to a search of his vehicle.

Texas mother grateful for legal CBD oil to treat epileptic child

Although the state of Texas still maintains strict laws against marijuana use, children with epilepsy that does not respond to other treatments can now legally use CBD oil. This extract of the cannabis plant has produced dramatic relief for young epilepsy patients throughout the world. One Texas mother has publicly expressed her relief that she can access the medicine without fear of getting in trouble with the law. She believes that medical marijuana should be legally available in the state to treat more conditions than just epilepsy.

Her daughter had at one time endured as many as 400 seizures a day. Her parents expected the continual seizures would eventually kill the four-year-old girl. More success stories have been reported worldwide. In the United Kingdom, an 11-year-old boy with severe epilepsy controlled his seizures with cannabis. In Israel, the parents of a boy with epilepsy and cerebral palsy reported that his seizures abated entirely after a few weeks of cannabis therapy.

New Texas medical marijuana dispensary in Austin

Following the enactment of Texas's medical marijuana law, a new medical marijuana dispensary in the Austin area is now cultivating marijuana for people who have intractable epilepsy. The company, which is called Compassionate Cultivation, is one of three that are licensed in the state to grow medical marijuana.

According to reports, the facilities are allowed to grow marijuana that is high in concentrations of cannabidiol but low in concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol. This means that the medical marijuana will offer the benefits of CBD without the high from THC.

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