On Sept. 7, a Texas man was arrested after law enforcement officers allegedly found a large quantity of marijuana in his Sugar Land home. The defendant has been charged with felony possession of marijuana and money laundering.
According to local media reports, members of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office narcotics task force executed a search warrant at a property on the 10000 block of Sugarbridge Trail. During the ensuing search, officers reportedly discovered and seized 6.5 pounds of marijuana, 198 THC vaporizers, an unspecified number of Xanax pills and more than $7,000 in cash. The total street value of the confiscated drugs is estimated to be around $33,000.
According to the sheriff's office, the narcotics task force has been focused on eliminating Fort Bend County's supply of marijuana and THC products. To that end, officers have conducted several undercover operations aimed at illicit marijuana dealers.
Individuals who have been handed these types of drug charges could face severe consequences if convicted. These often include lengthy prison terms, thousands of dollars in fines and a lifelong criminal record. By retaining a criminal defense attorney, it might be possible for defendants to obtain a more positive outcome. For example, an attorney could scrutinize police conduct to determine if the defendant's constitutional rights were violated during the search, which could cause the charges to be dropped. In other circumstances, the attorney may recommend negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors. Under this type of arrangement, the defendant agrees to plead guilty and waive his or her right to a trial. In exchange, the charges are frequently reduced, which could help the defendant obtain a more lenient sentence.
Source: CW 39, "Man arrested after about $33,000 in drugs seized in raid at Sugar Land home, deputies say", Ciara Rouege, Sept. 7, 2018