Two men are facing felony drug charges after police allegedly discovered more than 8 pounds of marijuana during a July 2 traffic stop. The 28-year-old and 27-year-old Houston residents are said to have been on their way to Louisiana when a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper pulled over their car on U.S. Highway 59 in Angelina County at approximately 12:15 p.m. Reports indicate that a significant quantity of pills and about 50 grams of a controlled liquid were also found in the vehicle.
Federal Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency along with officers from Brownfield Police and Texas Department of Public Safety coordinated raids across the South Plains and West Texas on the morning of June 21. The operation was related to a series of investigations involving the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. More than a dozen individuals were arrested in the process.
Large majorities of delegates voted in favor of marijuana decriminalization, expansion of medical cannabis and hemp production at the recent Texas Republican convention. The group also called on Congress to remove marijuana from the Schedule 1 list of controlled substances.
Texas presently operates under the Compassionate Use Act. Governor Greg Abbott signed this bill into law in 2015, and although it does allow for some medical marijuana use in the Lone Star State, there are plenty of limitations.
A Texas man was sentenced to 65 years in prison on May 31 after he was convicted on possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The 36-year-old man reportedly had five previous felony convictions, leading him to be charged as a habitual offender. He was sentenced by a jury following 90 minutes of deliberation.
In one Texas city, starting on Dec. 1, 2017, people who would have been taken to jail for marijuana possession in the past are now cited and released. From Dec. 1 to May 7, there were 56 citations in Dallas. Of those people cited, 24 were Hispanic and 27 were black.
On May 3, Texas authorities arrested two San Marcos men for allegedly attempting to transport a large amount of marijuana. The defendants are father and son.
In one week, police in Ballinger reported seizing drugs during traffic stops of travelers from out of state and even Canada. According to a department spokesperson, vehicle searches produced 8.1 grams of methamphetamine, 12.7 grams of Xanax, 2,413 grams of THC extracted from marijuana and 20.98 grams of marijuana. An officer said that the department warns people traveling to states where marijuana is legal that it is illegal if they bring it back to Texas.
Law enforcement authorities with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reportedly took two Texas residents into custody on drug charges following a traffic stop. The incident happened on April 19 in Nederland.
On April 18, a Texas high school student was taken into custody for bringing marijuana cookies to school the previous year. The incident occurred in August 2017 after a student told a teacher that another student was selling the cookies.