Texas authorities recently arrested two men for allegedly running an "elaborate" indoor marijuana growing operation. The incident took place in Galveston County.
According to local media, the Galveston County Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Unit executed a search and arrest warrant at a residence located on the 700 block of Avenue K in San Leon on Nov. 28. They were assisted by the unit's Tactical Response Team and Identification Division. Upon entering the property, officers discovered that the entire home had been converted into sophisticated grow operation for high-grade marijuana. They also discovered 124 budding marijuana plants, over 25 pounds of cultivated marijuana, $3,167 in cash and more than $15,000 worth of equipment used to grow marijuana. The two defendants, ages 34 and 43, were arrested at the scene.
The search of the Avenue K residence established probable cause to search another home located on the 4500 block of 16th Street in Bacliff. The ensuing search uncovered 4 additional pounds of cultivated and packaged marijuana and $3,150 in cash. In total, more than 125 pounds of marijuana were seized between the two locations. The defendants were charged with possession of marijuana weighing between 50 and 2000 pounds. Bond was set at $250,000 for each man.
Drug charges are very serious in Texas. It is common for defendants to be sentenced to years in prison and assessed thousands of dollars in fines. However, with the help of a criminal defense attorney, a defendant could potentially avoid conviction and obtain a more positive outcome. After reviewing the case, an attorney could challenge the prosecution's evidence and work to get the charges dismissed. If the evidence is strong, the attorney may instead opt to get the charges reduced through a plea agreement.