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Texas teens facing felony charges over vaping

Some high school students in Texas are facing serious charges for vaping. After the state raised the legal age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21, several schools have installed technology to detect vaping and brought in dogs that can allegedly sniff the aroma of vaping. If the dogs or technology find evidence that a student is vaping, he or she could face jail or expulsion from school. The anti-vaping efforts target both nicotine vapes and people who are vaping with THC, an ingredient found in cannabis. These intense pressures have led to a 300% increase in students facing discipline for infractions related to tobacco.

While the in-school punishments may seem harsh, especially when expulsion is invoked, they do not stop there. Instead, people may face criminal charges. Texas considers 17-year-olds to be adults in the criminal justice system, and possession of any type of cannabis extract in any amount is considered a felony. Therefore, 17-year-olds found with a THC vape could face a lifelong felony criminal record. At least one student has been jailed and sent to disciplinary school for two months for buying a vape pen that allegedly had CBD oil although police claim that it contained THC. The disciplinary school to which he was sent is intended for students convicted of "serious crimes."

Texas police seize drugs, car and gun in narcotics raid

Police in Texas seized a significant quantity of marijuana and took three suspects into custody on Dec. 12 when they executed a search warrant in Brazos County. According to media reports, a 28-year-old man, a 33-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman face a raft of charges in connection with the bust including drug possession and delivery of a controlled substance in an area designated as a drug-free zone. The College Station Police Department says that the operation marked the end of an investigation that began several months ago.

The residence that CSPD officers searched is located on Essen Loop in College Point, which is less than 1,000 feet from Edelweiss Gartens Park. The park is considered a drug-free area. When police arrived, they allegedly observed the 28-year-old man entering a pickup truck in the driveway. The man is said to have admitted to officers that he had placed a package containing marijuana in the truck. Initial reports do not reveal what led police to suspect that the home was being used to store and sell drugs.

Dallas Cowboys player charged with drug possession

A routine traffic stop in Texas on the evening of Dec. 3 led to drug possession and tampering charges for a National Football League star. Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Antwaun Woods faces a felony count of tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. He has also been charged with possessing drug paraphernalia. In addition to criminal sanctions, the 26-year-old athlete faces the possibility of a long suspension from the NFL. He is widely considered to be one of the game's best interior run defenders.

According to a Frisco Police Department report, officers pulled Woods over on U.S. Route 380 at approximately 9:15 p.m. after allegedly seeing his vehicle change lanes without signaling and exceed the posted speed limit. When they approached his car, officers say that Woods seemed disorientated and had glassy eyes. Officers also claim to have noticed the smell of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle.

How could a DWI in Texas affect my life?

A DWI is a relatively common offense. This is unfortunate, because driving while under the influence of alcohol is very dangerous, and it can risk the lives of both the driver and other individuals on the road. Due to the frequent occurrence of DWI charges, many believe that being subject to one will not have a significant effect on their lives. However, this is simply not the case.

Being charged with a DWI in Texas can have a profound effect on your life. It could potentially prevent you from going to work and earning a wage, and it could even lead to jail time. The following are some of the ways in which a DWI charge in Texas could affect your life.

Law enforcement reports rise in marijuana vaping

People in Texas may be more likely to be taken into custody under laws around marijuana vaping than in the past as law enforcement around the country has begun cracking down on the practice. Nationwide, in the past two years, law enforcement has detained more than 120 people and seized over 500,000 marijuana vape cartridges. In part, the crackdown is driven by growing concern about a deadly lung disease that has been linked to THC vaping.

In some cases, the discoveries have been made while law enforcement is pursuing people involved in marijuana or other drug distribution in more traditional forms. The rise in marijuana found in vaping cartridges has introduced a number of complications for law enforcement. They must determine how existing laws apply to the delivery method and how to test for it. Law enforcement must also be trained to recognize the cartridges.

Federal marijuana legalization takes closer step

Those previously convicted of drug charges in Texas may be interested in a new bill that was passed by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill, known as the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act or MORE, would decriminalize marijuana on a federal level. After more than two hours of debate, the bill passed 24-10.

The bill would remove marijuana from the current list of federally controlled substances. This would give states the power to make laws regarding its use. Additionally, federal courts would be required to expunge the records of all those who were convicted of marijuana crimes on a federal level. If it becomes law, the MORE Act would also place a 5% tax on all marijuana products. This money would be placed in a trust fund and used to help individuals who are affected by drug abuse, such as help with addiction recovery programs and job training.

Corruption expert accused of money laundering

Texas residents may be aware that many Venezuelan officials have been accused of engaging in corruption, but Texans may be surprised to learn that a respected academic who wrote books about despotic South American regimes has been accused of helping them to launder money. Federal prosecutors say the 73-yewar-old University of Miami professor made hundreds of thousands of dollars for himself in 2017 and 2018 by helping Venezuelan officials launder millions in stolen money.

U.S. attorneys have charged the professor with money laundering and conspiring to commit money laundering. Each of the three counts he faces carries a possible sentence of 20 years in a federal prison. According to court documents, about $200,000 was transferred each month from banks in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates into accounts the professor had access to. The professor is accused of taking 10% of this money as a fee and distributing the rest to others. Prosecutors say that about $2.5 million was laundered in this way.

Texas man convicted on federal drug charges

A 31-year-old Texas man faces up to 20 years in a federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. A jury found the man guilty after a trial that lasted for only one day according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas. The man was indicted along with six alleged co-conspirators in July 2019. Five of his co-conspirators subsequently pleaded guilty to drug charges. The sixth is currently a fugitive.

Prosecutors say drug traffickers in Oregon used the U.S. Postal Service to send packages of marijuana to the man and his co-conspirators. The group is said to have distributed the drugs in cities including Wichita Falls, Iowa Park and Henrietta. The proceeds from the drug sales were then sent back to the Oregon suppliers according to prosecutors.

Can you refuse a breath test during a Texas DWI traffic stop?

So you've gotten pulled over by law enforcement officers or swept up in a sobriety checkpoint or roadblock. Now, the officer talking to you wants you to submit to a chemical breath test. However, you know from reading about it that those breath tests aren't always that accurate.

You may worry about the risk of the test coming back totally wrong or perhaps that one drink earlier could show up as more alcohol than it actually is. Whatever the circumstances, if you find yourself thinking about refusing the test, there are certain things that you should know. If you don't take the breath test, you could still find yourself facing some legal complications.

Report raises questions about breath test accuracy

A report in a major national newspaper has called the accuracy of breath tests into question. More than 30,000 breath test results have been thrown out of criminal cases in two states because of a lack of oversight or human error. Breath testing devices that have not been properly calibrated may give blood alcohol content readings as much as 40% higher than accurate. People in Texas who are facing criminal drunk driving charges might be able to challenge the admissibility of breath testing with the help of a criminal defense lawyer.

The report was published in the New York Times following an investigation about the problems with roadside DWI stops and breath tests. Reporters conducted interviews with more than 100 police officers, scientists, executives and lawyers as part of the investigation. They also reviewed tens of thousands of pages of court records, corporate papers, contracts, emails and other documents.

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