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.
Police in Texas say that a series of coordinated raids on the morning of April 17 were part of an effort to combat criminal activity in an apartment complex that has long been a problem for authorities. Officers with the San Antonio Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and San Antonio Code Enforcement took part in the operation at the Cattleman's Square Apartments in downtown San Antonio.
The Narcotics Task Force for the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office arrested a father and son, ages 57 and 25, in Richmond. Law enforcement raided the family home in the Tara subdivision on the 6700 block of Pickett, where they claimed to find drugs worth $40,000.
Two Texas residents are facing drug and gun charges after a police search of their vehicle on March 15. Officers reportedly found cocaine, marijuana, and an unspecified weapon in the car.
Authorities in Paris, Texas, took five people into custody after a drug raid at a home on 6th Street N.E. During a search of the property, police found cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine in addition to guns and drug paraphernalia. A 29-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were all charged with manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance. They were also charged with possession of marijuana and endangering a child.
Some Texas residents may hear the term "possession charge" and be confused about the exact nature of the offense. Criminal possession normally means the offender has something of an illegal nature in their control. In some circumstances, however, it can refer to a generally legal substance that's actually illegal for the offender to possess.