Authorities in Texas took a 29-year-old man into custody after 200 pounds of marijuana were found in his home. Authorities also said that they found a handgun, packaging materials and a scale during a search of the man's residence. He was officially charged with possession of marijuana between 50 and 2,000 pounds.
The marijuana was found in a refrigerator and in bags throughout the home according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. After being taken into custody, the man was taken to a local jail where he was later released on bail. Authorities were in possession of a search warrant at the time, although reports did not indicate on what basis it was issued.
If a person is charged with drug possession, he or she could face a variety of penalties. It may be possible to spend years in prison if convicted. This is in addition to probation, a fine or other penalties that a judge may levy. After being released, a conviction may make it harder to find work or go to school. Therefore, it may be a good idea to work with an attorney who may be able to create a defense against a drug charge.
For instance, an attorney may assert that a defendant was unaware that there was a controlled substance in his or her home. It may also be possible to assert that it was kept there against that person's will. Furthermore, legal counsel may ask that evidence be suppressed in a case or otherwise claim that it was obtained illegally. This may result in a defendant receiving a plea deal, having the case dismissed or otherwise obtaining a favorable outcome.