On March 2 in Texas, sheriff’s deputies took two people into custody after seizing more than 12 pounds of tetrahydrocannabinol and nearly 500 pounds of marijuana from their recreational vehicle after they stopped it for speeding. The incident occurred around 12:40 p.m. on U.S. 287 South near Loop 11.
Deputies reported that the behavior of the pair raised their suspicions. However, they could not get clear permission from the driver to search the vehicle. Therefore, they brought in a K-9 to do a sniff around the vehicle. After the K-9 indicated narcotics were present, deputies did a probable cause search.
Law enforcement found suitcases and cardboard boxes in the vehicle filled with something that appeared to be marijuana. The two people, both from Gulfport, Mississippi, were charged with delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group two weighing more than 400 grams and possession of marijuana weighing more than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds. There was also a warrant out from Mississippi for one of the individuals.
A drug charge can be very serious even if it does not involve these types of quantities or charges related to distribution. People who are facing drug charges may want to talk to an attorney about their defense. One thing an attorney might look into is whether the person’s rights were violated during the investigation. For example, in the above example, the deputies needed the permission of the driver or probable cause in order to search the vehicle. If they had not obtained this, the evidence they got through the search might have been inadmissible as evidence. This could even lead to the dismissal of an entire case.
Source: Times Record News, “Drug trafficking: Pair reportedly found with 480 pounds of marijuana“, Patrick Johnston, March 5, 2018