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.
A routine traffic stop on the afternoon of Dec. 21 led to the recovery of marijuana with a street value of more than $400,000 according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A 28-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man were taken into custody at the scene and charged with felony marijuana possession in connection with the drug haul. Reports indicate that the man was later released from the Carson City Jail after posting a bond of $22,000.
Possessing two ounces or less of marijuana is still considered a Class B felony under Texas law, but that has not prevented some counties in the Lone Star State from putting diversion programs in place that allow individuals caught with small amounts of the drug to avoid criminal charges. The latest such program was approved unanimously by the Travis County Commissioners Court on Dec. 19. Under the program, which will go into effect in January 2018, offenders can avoid dealing with the criminal justice system by paying $45 to attend a four-hour class.
Police in Texas have reported that an anonymous tip received on the afternoon of Dec. 16 led to the seizure of marijuana with an approximate street value of more than $900,000 in Denton County. Officers from the Lewisville Police Department are said to have found 372 packages of the drug concealed in cardboard boxes during the search of a U-Haul trailer. Following the discovery, a 28-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were brought into custody on second-degree felony drug possession charges.