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Texas men face drug charges after traffic stop and search

Two Texas residents are facing drug and gun charges after a police search of their vehicle on March 15. Officers reportedly found cocaine, marijuana, and an unspecified weapon in the car.

A Texas State Trooper stopped the 2013 Dodge Challenger the men occupied on Interstate Highway 35 East just outside Milford after an alleged traffic violation. A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety said that the reason for the search was a suspicion of criminal activity. Officers claim to have found 1 gram of cocaine, 6 grams of marijuana and more than 3 kilograms of edibles containing THC, a psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

Following the search and seizure, officers took the 18-year-old driver of the car and the 19-year-old passenger into custody. Both men, residents of Brownwood, were booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie. They face charges of possession of a controlled substance PG 2, possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon. The 18-year-old driver faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance PG 1.

Bond for the driver was set at $37,500 while bond for the passenger was set at $32,500. Neither man was listed on the inmate register at the facility as of March 26.

Drug charges and convictions can result in serious consequences for the people accused. Criminal defense attorneys may seek to lessen the impact of these charges on their clients' normal lives. Working with prosecutors to reduce or dismiss charges is possible in many cases through drug diversion programs. First-time offenders may be able to have their charges dismissed and expunged by completing these programs, which might involve supervised probation for a set period of time, maintaining employment or enrolling in school and certain other requirements.

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