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.
According to media reports, officers from the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force raided a residence on the 13800 block of Southline Road. During a search of the property, they allegedly found 120 grams of THC oil, 82 grams of cocaine, 50 grams of marijuana, approximately 4,200 ecstasy pills and around 4,100 Xanax pills. They also uncovered 11 firearms and around $5,880 in cash. The total value of the drugs is estimated to be around $50,000.
The residents of the home, a 25-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, were arrested and charged with drug crimes. The younger defendant was charged with possession of marijuana. The older defendant was charged with one count of delivery of or manufacturing a controlled substance for the cocaine and three counts of first-degree felony manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance for the THC oil, ecstasy and Xanax. He was additionally charged with first-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, third-degree felony possession of marijuana and third-degree felony money laundering.
Individuals arrested on a drug charge in Texas could face severe penalties, including lengthy prison terms, steep fines and the seizure of personal property. However, a criminal defense attorney could review the details of the case and develop a defense strategy against the charges. If the evidence is weak, it may be possible to challenge the prosecution's case and get the charges dismissed. If the evidence is solid, legal counsel could attempt to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the charges.
Source: ABC 13, "$50,000 in illegal substances seized in Sugar Land," January 23, 2019