Texas authorities have busted seven people on drug charges after executing a search warrant at a residence in Marshall. The arrests stemmed from an ongoing investigation by the Harrison County Sheriff's Office.
According to a local TV report, SWAT teams from the sheriff's office and the Marshall Police Department raided a home and a camper trailer located on a property on the 400 block of Spruce Street. During the search, officers allegedly uncovered unspecified amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana that had been prepackaged for sale. They also reportedly found an unspecified amount of illicit prescription pills.
Seven people were taken into custody during the operation. In addition, a 2-year-old child was found in the home and placed in the custody of Child Protection Services. The defendants, who range in age from 22 to 42, include four men and three women. Five of them are facing drug or alcohol charges, including possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs and public intoxication. Two of the defendants are facing a criminal negligence charge for abandoning or endangering a child. All of the defendants were transported to the Harrison County Jail for processing. The investigation is ongoing.
A drug charge can lead to serious consequences for defendants who are convicted. In addition to prison time and fines, they will be left with a permanent criminal record, which can inhibit their employment and educational opportunities. However, a criminal defense attorney could represent a client's rights and interests in court and work to get the charges reduced or dismissed. For example, if the attorney discovers that police officers overstepped their authority during the search that led to the seizure, the case could be dismissed.