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In Texas, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance and generally not recognized as having value for medical reasons. However, a growing number of states allow this substance to be used for recreational and/or medicinal purposes. Despite a growing national trend toward allowing cannabis to be legally purchased, grown and used under certain circumstances, the number of marijuana-related arrests is on the rise. According to a report by the FBI, there is now one marijuana arrest nearly every 50 seconds in the United States.
On Sept. 7, a Texas man was arrested after law enforcement officers allegedly found a large quantity of marijuana in his Sugar Land home. The defendant has been charged with felony possession of marijuana and money laundering.
Authorities in Texas took a 29-year-old man into custody after 200 pounds of marijuana were found in his home. Authorities also said that they found a handgun, packaging materials and a scale during a search of the man's residence. He was officially charged with possession of marijuana between 50 and 2,000 pounds.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office reports that two people were arrested following a drug bust. The pair were taken into custody on August 24 after a search warrant was executed on a home located in the Missouri City area of Texas.
A Texas couple ended up in jail after an anonymous tip alerted police in Lacy Lakeview about marijuana at their apartment. The police chief said that officers reported finding the man and woman with approximately 1 pound of marijuana at an apartment on the 3500 block of Meyers Lane. Police said that packages and scales were also present at the location, which raised suspicions about an intent to distribute.
A Texas man was charged with felony drug possession after a deputy with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office allegedly discovered about a pound of cannabis in his pickup truck during a routine traffic stop on the evening of Aug. 9. The man and his 41-year-old male passenger were both taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Liberty County Jail to be processed, according to reports. The incident took place near the intersection of U.S. Route 90 and Farm-to-Market Road 770 in the vicinity of Raywood.
Individuals in Texas and throughout the country can be charged with crimes related to selling or possessing drug paraphernalia. This can be true even if a person is not in possession of a controlled substance like cocaine or marijuana. The law divides paraphernalia into items used to ingest a drug and those used to distribute a drug. In some cases, it may not be clear whether a person was using an item for legal or illegal purposes.
Three Texas law enforcement agencies worked together on July 21 to end a high-speed chase that began in Sherman County and ended in Moore County. Deputies from the Moore County Sheriff's Office say that the individual behind the wheel of the vehicle being pursued was likely attempting to elude law enforcement because he was transporting about 80 pounds of marijuana. The suspect was arraigned at the Moore County Jail on drug charges before being turned over to deputies from the Sherman County Sheriff's Office.
When investigators from the Special Crimes Unit at the Galveston County Sheriff's Department caught wind of a plot to smuggle contraband into the county jail, the response was to interrogate a sheriff's deputy. They confronted the 23-year-old deputy who had only worked at the agency for four months when he arrived at work.