In one week, police in Ballinger reported seizing drugs during traffic stops of travelers from out of state and even Canada. According to a department spokesperson, vehicle searches produced 8.1 grams of methamphetamine, 12.7 grams of Xanax, 2,413 grams of THC extracted from marijuana and 20.98 grams of marijuana. An officer said that the department warns people traveling to states where marijuana is legal that it is illegal if they bring it back to Texas.
The department’s most recent traffic stop involved a man and woman from San Antonio. Two officers pulled over their vehicle for allegedly speeding. Officers reported smelling marijuana from the vehicle and conducted a search. Inside, they claim to have found a cooler filled with approximately 1.3 kilograms of marijuana THC extract. Offers said that some of the THC had been mixed with chocolate, and all of it was packaged carefully. The police report indicated that the couple also possessed 13 ounces of marijuana.
They are being held in Runnels County Jail. Authorities charged both people with first-degree felonies for possessing over 400 grams of a controlled substance as well as a state jail felony for the marijuana. Their bonds have been set at $200,000 each.
A person confronted by criminal charges like these might wish to consult a lawyer. A case evaluation by a lawyer may inform a person about the penalties associated with a drug charge. A lawyer may be able to offer insights about how to build a defense and potentially reduce the charges. With legal advice, a person might make an informed choice between a trial or plea bargain. A lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea deal with more favorable terms than those initially offered by a prosecutor.
Source: Abilene Reporter News, “Traffic stop yields large drug bust in Ballinger“, Laura Gutschke, May 7, 2018