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Anonymous tip leads to felony marijuana charges for man and woman

A Texas couple ended up in jail after an anonymous tip alerted police in Lacy Lakeview about marijuana at their apartment. The police chief said that officers reported finding the man and woman with approximately 1 pound of marijuana at an apartment on the 3500 block of Meyers Lane. Police said that packages and scales were also present at the location, which raised suspicions about an intent to distribute.

A 7-month-old baby was also at the apartment. Police summoned Child Protective Services to the scene to attend to the infant. The man, age 24, initially gave a false name, according to the police report. Police handcuffed him, but he allegedly tried to flee. After restraining him and identifying him, police officers learned that he had a warrant for burglary.

After his arrest and booking into McLennan County Jail, authorities charged him with two state jail felony charges for marijuana possession and criminal neglect that endangered a child. He also received a Class A misdemeanor charge for lying about his name. His bond was set at $36,000. The woman, age 19, went to jail as well and faces the same state jail felony charges. The court set her bond at $6,000. Police said that they will continue to investigate the source of the marijuana.

A conviction on any drug charge could limit a person's future employment and educational opportunities in addition to a possible prison sentence. A person in this position has a right to legal advice. An attorney may provide insights about the likelihood of conviction. This evaluation might include suggestions for a defense strategy. An attorney may strive to protect a person's rights during a trial or negotiate an acceptable plea deal.

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald, "Lacy Lakeview couple charged with marijuana possession, endangering infant", Kristin Hoppa, 08/17/2018

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