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Arrest warrant issued for woman accused of drug trafficking

A 31-year-old Texas woman remains at large after police in Abilene found 36 pounds of marijuana and large amounts of cash at her residence and in a safety deposit box. Her arrest warrant charges her with allegations of felony trafficking of marijuana and THC products.

According to court documents, police initially made contact with her a month earlier at her apartment. Officers reported that they smelled burning marijuana, and the woman admitted that she had been smoking marijuana because she had cancer. She produced an out-of-state medical marijuana license and allowed officers to enter her apartment. After conversing with her, police sought a search warrant for the premises. Their search allegedly revealed 7.24 ounces of THC products, 36 pounds of marijuana, $154,785 in cash, a money counting machine, a handwritten record of transactions and 184 hydrocodone pills.

What to not tell the cops during a DWI stop

Texas police set up DWI checkpoints all the time. The most recent occurred over the 2018 holiday season, but they can pop up unexpectedly from time to time. 

Most of the time, the police will only ask for your license and registration. They will talk to you for a minute and let you on your way. The cops may ask you to step out of your car if you display the signs of intoxication. Above all else, you need to be careful of what you say during this stop. 

Texas bill would decriminalize small marijuana amounts

Texas State Representative Joe Moody has introduced a bill to decriminalize marijuana. The bill's proposal is that people who have under an ounce of marijuana would face civil instead of criminal penalties.

According to Moody, the bill would mean that taxpayer resources would not be used on these relatively minor offenses, and people would not be barred from the workforce with a criminal conviction following such an offense. Since the Texas Republican Party has shifted its stance on legalizing marijuana and now say it would support decriminalizing possession of small amounts, the bill may have bipartisan support. Moody says he believes this means the bill has a good chance of passing.

Texas may impose stiffer penalties for porch pirates

Theft of packages from residential doorsteps is a crime that can often get a lot of attention on TV news and social media. However, Texas lawmakers are trying to curb the problem by increasing the penalties. The proposed new law would mean defendants charged with package theft would be prosecuted just like home burglars. If the law passes, a person convicted of stealing 10 or fewer packages could receive up to two years in prison. Stealing 50 or more packages could result in a 20-year maximum prison term.

As of the end of 2018, penalties for stolen property are punished based on the value of the goods. Any number of packages stolen that have less than $2,500 in value would result in a misdemeanor while values greater could result in a felony. Houston police have stated that package theft has steadily increased over the past decade, and incidents usually spike during the holiday season. Some homeowners try to defend against this practice by installing cameras on their porches.

Texas man detained on suspicion of drug possession

A 25-year-old man was detained on suspicion of possession of drugs. The man was pulled over while driving on Texas 6. According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, a trooper said that the vehicle was speeding. The trooper then signaled for the driver of the vehicle to pull over. The driver complied, and the trooper walked to the driver's side door.

The trooper noted that he smelled marijuana when the vehicle window was rolled down. Once the driver was approached, the trooper claimed to have spotted marijuana sitting on the passenger seat. The trooper proceeded to search the rest of the vehicle using the found marijuana as probable cause for the search. The search resulted in the police seizing what they believed to be 19 packages of THC candy gummies, 16 packages of marijuana, 26 Xanax tablets, six "pods" of THC oil, 11 oxycodone pills, two hydrocodone pills and one pint of codeine syrup from the vehicle. The trooper also reportedly confiscated a handgun, marijuana grinder and a digital scale.

Two facing drug charges after major marijuana raid

Two people in Texas are facing drug charges after the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force conducted a raid. The 28-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were arrested as part of an investigation into drug sales in Houston and Sugar Land. The area has been identified as part of a HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) by law enforcement agencies, and the raid took place after police reported various undercover operations.

The investigation focused on the sale of marijuana and other THC products, and the search was carried out on December 3, 2018. Police arrested the two people and seized a number of items at the property, including around 11 pounds of cannabis, 3,230 grams of promethazine with codeine, 715 grams of THC wax extract, 814 grams of THC edibles, 628 grams of THC vaping liquid extract, 3,398 grams of THC extract oil, 131 grams of MDMA, nine doses of LSD, 2 grams of Xanax and $53,627 in cash.

Texas police discover 68 pounds of marijuana during vehicle stop

A 20-year-old man is facing a first-degree felony count of delivery of marijuana after 68.37 pounds of the drug were allegedly discovered in the pickup truck he was driving in Jones County. A records check reveals that the El Paso resident has previously been charged with possessing 100 pounds of marijuana. According to a statement from the Anson Police Department, the seized drugs have a street value of about $120,000 and were being transported from El Paso to an undisclosed location in Kansas.

According to an APD report, the man's Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck was pulled over on Commercial Avenue in Anson for traveling at 42 mph in an area with a posted speed limit of 30 mph. The officer involved says that he noticed several indicators that contraband was being transported in the vehicle, but initial reports do not reveal what these indicators may have been. The officer says that he called a K9 unit to the scene after the man consented to a search of his vehicle.

Two men busted for running indoor marijuana growing operation

Texas authorities recently arrested two men for allegedly running an "elaborate" indoor marijuana growing operation. The incident took place in Galveston County.

According to local media, the Galveston County Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Unit executed a search and arrest warrant at a residence located on the 700 block of Avenue K in San Leon on Nov. 28. They were assisted by the unit's Tactical Response Team and Identification Division. Upon entering the property, officers discovered that the entire home had been converted into sophisticated grow operation for high-grade marijuana. They also discovered 124 budding marijuana plants, over 25 pounds of cultivated marijuana, $3,167 in cash and more than $15,000 worth of equipment used to grow marijuana. The two defendants, ages 34 and 43, were arrested at the scene.

Texas police seize 5,800 pounds of marijuana and THC

Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety reportedly made a significant drug seizure during a routine traffic stop on the evening of Nov. 20. According to media accounts, more than 3,400 pounds of marijuana and about 2,400 pounds of products containing THC, which is the cannabinoid that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties, were found in a recreational vehicle pulled over on U.S. Route 287 in Donley County.

Initial reports do not reveal what type of motor vehicle infraction led to the traffic stop or what may have led troopers to believe that the recreational vehicle was being used to transport illegal narcotics, but they do state that the substances believed to be drugs were discovered in vacuum-sealed packages. The recreational vehicle was traveling in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Route 287 when it was pulled over according to the TDPS. Deputies say that its driver was on his way to Houston from Redding, California.

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