U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working on the Texas border with Mexico caught another shipment of marijuana in Laredo posing as vegetables. A physical inspection of a trailer crossing the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity International Bridge along with imaging and the help of a K-9 team resulted in the discovery of 5,754 packages of marijuana that weighed in at close to 2 tons. Fake bundles that appeared to be lettuce concealed the drugs.
Texas lawmakers have disappointed constituents who are in favor of medical marijuana and marijuana decriminalization. Reformists' hopes of granting people with medical conditions access to legal medicine and focusing law enforcement on serious crime fizzled when lawmakers took no action on bills that had been introduced in the most recent session.
On June 5, authorities took a Texas man into custody after he was accused of picking up a package full of fentanyl from the post office. According to the authorities, the package contained about 102 grams of the drug.
Dozens of alleged members of the Texas Mexican Mafia were recently arrested, according to the United States Department of Justice. A total of 37 people were indicted by a federal grand jury on several charges, including conspiracy, firearms crimes and narcotics offenses.
Under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, it is illegal to knowingly transport or deliver illegal drugs. However, in order to be convicted of drug trafficking or drug distribution, people must knowingly transport them. If they prove that they had no knowledge that they were doing so, they may not be convicted.
It has been reported that police issued arrest warrants for three University of North Texas students. Two of the students were accused of promoting prostitution while the third student was accused of being in possession of drugs.
On April 16, a 23-year-old Texas man was taken into police custody for drug possession. Pinehurst authorities stated that he was accused of the drug charges following a traffic stop.
On April 12, the Dallas City Council voted to cite and release those who are found to possess small amounts of marijuana. For an individual to be ticketed under the law, he or she must be in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, live in Dallas County and not be charged with any other crimes. While Texas law allows other crimes to be covered under a cite and release program, this measure applies to marijuana only.
On April 7, it was reported that a man who was thought to be the leader of a drug trafficking ring that was active in East Texas turned himself into authorities. Officials from Smith County said that the man was responsible for overseeing a minimum of 15 marijuana cultivation sites that were located in numerous counties.
Signs of a softening attitude toward marijuana have emerged from the Texas House of Representatives. A bill meant to switch possession of one ounce of marijuana or less to a civil infraction instead of a criminal offense has been approved by the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.