On March 2 in Texas, sheriff's deputies took two people into custody after seizing more than 12 pounds of tetrahydrocannabinol and nearly 500 pounds of marijuana from their recreational vehicle after they stopped it for speeding. The incident occurred around 12:40 p.m. on U.S. 287 South near Loop 11.
The Compassionate Use Act enables people suffering from some forms of epilepsy to access low-THC cannabis for medical purposes without breaking drug laws. Although the state has started to embrace the medicinal use of cannabis, legislation to expand the legality of the substance has stalled among lawmakers. Two bills designed to reduce criminal charges and expand medicinal access, despite their bipartisan support, failed to pass.
Police in Texas have responded to a social media post alleging that excessive force was used against two women when they were arrested on the basis of drug charges. The social media post spread widely after one of the women posted photos of bruises on her arm after police reportedly reached into her car and physically pulled her out of the vehicle.
Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety discovered about 290 pounds of marijuana during vehicle searches performed on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. The drugs were allegedly being transported to destinations in Dallas and California. A 48-year-old California man and a 40-year-old Las Vegas resident have been taken into custody on felony drug possession charges in connection with the hauls. Both vehicles were pulled over by troopers on U.S. Highway 287.
Texas police departments have been engaging in ongoing traffic stops, searches and arrests related to drug trafficking and possession issues. In one case, the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division joined with the San Angelo Police Department to execute a search warrant at one home in San Angelo.
A young Texas woman and her alleged accomplice are behind bars after Hays County deputies raided their residence and discovered 150 marijuana plants. The pair has been charged with felony possession and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. Their bond was set at $35,000.
Texas residents could face particularly serious consequences following a drug arrest. Sentences can be lengthy, and even possession of a small amount of marijuana could lead to felony charges. The potential sentences are even harsher for people facing charges of distribution or delivery of drugs.
It has been reported that deputies from Harris County Precinct 5 in Texas executed a raid on what was suspected to be an illegal grow house for marijuana. They seized more than 200 marijuana plants, which had a street value of about $300,000.
On Jan. 14, two individuals were charged with drug possession with intent to distribute after Texas authorities found more than 670 pounds of marijuana in a recreational vehicle during a traffic stop. It was estimated that the street value of the marijuana was more than $2 million.
On Nov. 21, a 25-year-old man was taken into custody in Texas after police saw him driving erratically. The man was in the 4600 block of Little Road in Arlington. Police say marijuana was in the vehicle in plain sight.