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.
A 25-year-old man was detained on suspicion of possession of drugs. The man was pulled over while driving on Texas 6. According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, a trooper said that the vehicle was speeding. The trooper then signaled for the driver of the vehicle to pull over. The driver complied, and the trooper walked to the driver's side door.
Two people in Texas are facing drug charges after the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force conducted a raid. The 28-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were arrested as part of an investigation into drug sales in Houston and Sugar Land. The area has been identified as part of a HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) by law enforcement agencies, and the raid took place after police reported various undercover operations.
A 20-year-old man is facing a first-degree felony count of delivery of marijuana after 68.37 pounds of the drug were allegedly discovered in the pickup truck he was driving in Jones County. A records check reveals that the El Paso resident has previously been charged with possessing 100 pounds of marijuana. According to a statement from the Anson Police Department, the seized drugs have a street value of about $120,000 and were being transported from El Paso to an undisclosed location in Kansas.
Texas authorities recently arrested two men for allegedly running an "elaborate" indoor marijuana growing operation. The incident took place in Galveston County.
Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety reportedly made a significant drug seizure during a routine traffic stop on the evening of Nov. 20. According to media accounts, more than 3,400 pounds of marijuana and about 2,400 pounds of products containing THC, which is the cannabinoid that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties, were found in a recreational vehicle pulled over on U.S. Route 287 in Donley County.
Texas will become the 33rd state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients if a bill introduced by State Senator José Martinez on Nov. 12 becomes law. Senate Bill 90 would allow doctors in the Lone Star State to prescribe cannabis just as they would any other medicine. Currently, only intractable epilepsy sufferers may be prescribed the drug under the Texas Compassionate Use Act.
Four people are facing drug charges after being arrested in Palo Duro Canyon following a weekend trip with a fraternity from Texas Tech. They are accused of a number of allegations, including possession of marijuana and possession of other controlled substances. While members of the Texas Tech chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity planned a weekend party trip to Palo Duro State Park, they failed to make reservations for a space at the park. In addition, park rangers allege that many of the fraternity members didn't pay the entry fee at the park.
A number of states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, and the level of social acceptability has increased. It is illegal under both Texas and federal law, however, so people could face criminal charges for marijuana possession. The circumstances of the specific case dictate the potential penalties.
Illegal drugs discovered during police searches are often key pieces of evidence in narcotics prosecutions, but criminal defense attorneys in Texas and around the country may argue that searches and seizures are illegal in certain situations. The protections provided by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are taken seriously by the courts, and police officers must generally obtain warrants before searching individuals or their vehicles or residences.