A Texas man was charged with felony drug possession after a deputy with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office allegedly discovered about a pound of cannabis in his pickup truck during a routine traffic stop on the evening of Aug. 9. The man and his 41-year-old male passenger were both taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Liberty County Jail to be processed, according to reports. The incident took place near the intersection of U.S. Route 90 and Farm-to-Market Road 770 in the vicinity of Raywood.
According to an LCSO report, a deputy assigned to the office's Criminal Interdiction Unit pulled over the 60-year-old Daisetta resident's Dodge pickup truck for an undisclosed reason at approximately 6:00 p.m. The deputy says that he decided to perform a probable cause search of the vehicle after noticing a strong smell of marijuana emanating from it. The marijuana was allegedly discovered in a plastic shopping bag that had been placed beneath some ice in an ice chest.
Inside the shopping bag, deputies say that they found eight plastic bags that each contained an ounce of marijuana and a larger plastic bag containing eight ounces of the drug. This is said to have led them to the conclusion that the marijuana had been packaged for resale. Deputies also claim to have discovered several marijuana cigarettes concealed in a toolbox in the pickup truck's bed. The man reportedly admitted to the deputies that the drugs were his.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys would likely advise individuals facing serious drug charges to make no admissions or incriminating statements to law enforcement before speaking with a lawyer. Even searches that seem justified by the probable cause evidence are sometimes ruled defective. However, statements made on the record to police officers usually cannot be taken back.