Police in Texas seized a significant quantity of marijuana and took three suspects into custody on Dec. 12 when they executed a search warrant in Brazos County. According to media reports, a 28-year-old man, a 33-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman face a raft of charges in connection with the bust including drug possession and delivery of a controlled substance in an area designated as a drug-free zone. The College Station Police Department says that the operation marked the end of an investigation that began several months ago.

The residence that CSPD officers searched is located on Essen Loop in College Point, which is less than 1,000 feet from Edelweiss Gartens Park. The park is considered a drug-free area. When police arrived, they allegedly observed the 28-year-old man entering a pickup truck in the driveway. The man is said to have admitted to officers that he had placed a package containing marijuana in the truck. Initial reports do not reveal what led police to suspect that the home was being used to store and sell drugs.

During the search of the residence, officers claim to have found more than 13 pounds of marijuana, over 400 grams of codeine and promethazine syrup and several hundred ecstasy pills. The 28-year-old woman allegedly told officers that the residence was being used to distribute drugs. Officers also seized two luxury automobiles, a firearm and approximately $66,000 in U.S. currency.

Individuals confronted with the prospect of spending decades in prison on drug charges sometimes make admissions to police because they believe that their cooperation will lead to a more lenient sentence. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise people in this predicament to remain silent and request legal representation. Prosecutors may make generous plea offers in return for cooperation, but they might be less inclined to do so when suspects have already confessed.