Texas authorities kicked off 2019 by taking aggressive action against individuals selling and distributing illegal drugs in the state. For example, law enforcement agents recently busted two people for allegedly having tens of thousands of dollars' worth of illicit substances in their Sugar Land home.
A routine traffic stop on the morning of Jan. 20 led to the discovery and seizure of more than 280 pounds of marijuana and marijuana edibles according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety. A 45-year-old man and a 35-year-old man have been taken into custody in connection with the seized drugs. Police believe the two men were transporting the drugs from the west coast to their home state of Florida.
A 31-year-old Texas woman remains at large after police in Abilene found 36 pounds of marijuana and large amounts of cash at her residence and in a safety deposit box. Her arrest warrant charges her with allegations of felony trafficking of marijuana and THC products.
Texas police set up DWI checkpoints all the time. The most recent occurred over the 2018 holiday season, but they can pop up unexpectedly from time to time.
Texas State Representative Joe Moody has introduced a bill to decriminalize marijuana. The bill's proposal is that people who have under an ounce of marijuana would face civil instead of criminal penalties.
Theft of packages from residential doorsteps is a crime that can often get a lot of attention on TV news and social media. However, Texas lawmakers are trying to curb the problem by increasing the penalties. The proposed new law would mean defendants charged with package theft would be prosecuted just like home burglars. If the law passes, a person convicted of stealing 10 or fewer packages could receive up to two years in prison. Stealing 50 or more packages could result in a 20-year maximum prison term.