Police in Texas have reported that a 54-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were taken into custody on the evening of Oct. 10 after illegal drugs were found in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop. The man has been charged with drug possession, and his bond has been set at $6,000. The woman faces drug manufacturing and distribution charges and is being held on a $30,000 bond.
The couple’s vehicle was pulled over by officers from the Wichita Falls Police Department at approximately 8:00 p.m. near the intersection of Holliday Road and 31st Street. Initial reports do not reveal the alleged reason for the traffic stop, but they do indicate that the man behind the wheel gave officers permission to search the vehicle.
The subsequent search is said to have yielded a marijuana cigarette and a plastic bag containing less than a gram of a white powdery substance that a field test identified as methamphetamine. Officers say that the man admitted the marijuana belonged to him. A search of the woman conducted after the couple had been taken into custody and transported to the Wichita County Jail is alleged to have led to the discovery of another bag of white powder. That bag weighed 7.19 grams and its contents were also identified as methamphetamine according to reports.
Individuals often believe that the police will just obtain a warrant anyway if they refuse consent to search their persons, vehicles or homes, but that is often not the case. The courts take Fourth Amendment protections extremely seriously, and judges only issue search warrants when police officers are able to provide them with sufficient probable cause. This is why experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise road users who are worried about facing drug charges to decline police requests to search their vehicles and make no admissions or incriminating statements without first speaking to a lawyer.