TEXAS TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO LARGE DRUG SEIZURE

TEXAS TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO LARGE DRUG SEIZURE

A routine traffic stop in Texas on January 18 led to the discovery and seizure of 50 pounds of a substance believed to be cocaine, according to a report from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. An FCSO representative says that the drugs would be worth about $5 million if sold on the street. A 50-year-old Mexican national has been taken into custody in connection with the alleged drug haul. Police have yet to determine how the narcotics were smuggled into the United States.

According to media accounts, an FCSO deputy with a K9 partner pulled over a Mazda CX-9 on Interstate 10 between Houston and San Antonio for an undisclosed traffic violation. The deputy, who, reports indicate, is a drug-interdiction specialist, says that he became suspicious when the man behind the wheel of the SUV gave inconsistent and contradictory answers to questions about his journey and itinerary. The deputy claims that the man then gave him permission to search his vehicle for drugs.

During the ensuing search, the deputy is said to have discovered packages of white powder in compartments that had been concealed in each of the vehicle’s seats. The deputy says that he then tested the substance and discovered that it was cocaine. This was the third major drug arrest made by the deputy in recent weeks.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys would likely advise their clients against consenting to any kind of warrantless search even if they believe that they have nothing to hide. Attorneys could also question allegations of drug crimes based on the results of roadside drug tests because the testing kits used by police have been known to identify benign substances like baking soda as illegal drugs.

Source: Breitbart, $5M in Cocaine Seized in Texas Traffic Stop near San Antonio, Bob Price, January 22, 2019

POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF DRUG USE FOR TEENS

POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF DRUG USE FOR TEENS

Texas teenagers who use drugs with friends may face severe consequences. Legally, they could be charged as a drug dealer for sharing them or with homicide if a friend overdoses as a result.

According to CNN, nearly a quarter of high school teenagers said they had used marijuana within the past year. However, prescription drugs are becoming more popular, and The Foundation for a Drug-Free World reports that for the vast majority of prescription drug addicts, the addiction begins in the teen years. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that one-quarter of abusers of prescription drugs began taking them before the age of 13.

Teenagers get access to drugs in several different ways. They might get prescription drugs from their parents or grandparents. They may sell or share these or other drugs they have access to, or in some cases, they and their friends may pool their money to buy drugs. Examples of young people who have faced serious charges in drug cases include three teens who were charged with murder after a friend overdosed on LSD they provided. In a case in Minnesota, a 21-year-old shared a drug with a friend at a party who then died of an overdose. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Drug charges can have serious consequences for people at any age. Even a misdemeanor can result in jail time and fines, and a person could also be limited in what kind of financial aid for school or housing is available. A drug-related conviction can affect a person’s career. An attorney may be able to help the person get a plea deal that leads to reduced charges. If the person’s rights were violated, some evidence or even the case could be dismissed. An attorney may also be able to help craft a defense if the case goes to trial.

TEXAS MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

TEXAS MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

A Texas man is facing drug charges after he was arrested by Bryan police at a traffic stop on Dec. 21, 2018. According to police, the 24-year-old man was found carrying almost 30 grams of methamphetamine in his pants pocket. The man was arrested by police after they checked the license plate of a car parked on Long Drive. While the car soon drove away from the area, police noticed that the car owner’s license was suspended. They pulled the car over near an access road to Texas State Highway 6.

Police spoke with the driver, who reportedly consented to a search of the vehicle. The Bryan police claimed that the passenger appeared to be nervous and was reluctant to leave the vehicle. Police say that the man told them that he was upset because he had previously been arrested on a drug charge. While searching the vehicle, police said that they found a small amount of marijuana as well as 27.3 grams of crystal meth in the possession of the passenger. Police also claimed that the man said that he was planning to sell the methamphetamine to make money to pay a lawyer to defend him from the outstanding drug charges.

The man was arrested at the scene and charged with several drug offenses, including delivery of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. While the latter two charges are misdemeanors, the meth charge is a first-degree felony that carries a sentence of up to 99 years in prison.

Drug charges can lead to serious consequences, including hefty fines, jail time or a felony criminal record that can hinder access to housing, education or employment. A criminal defense lawyer can help someone accused of drug crimes challenge prosecution narratives and potentially avoid a conviction.

7 PEOPLE IN TEXAS CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE DRUG OFFENSES

7 PEOPLE IN TEXAS CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE DRUG OFFENSES

The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office has reported that deputies arrested seven people after conducting searches at two locations. In Stowell, law enforcement searched a property in the 300 block of Avenue E. An RV park in Winnie on the 100 block of Fear Road was the scene of the second search.

Authorities took into custody six men and one woman as a result of the property raids. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies seized marijuana, edible THC, a sedative called promethazine, a muscle relaxer called carisoprodol, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

The woman now faces a charge for marijuana possession. The other six men received a variety of charges that included possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, driving with an invalid license or evading arrest. In total, local authorities issued 13 felony charges and 9 misdemeanors.

An arrest during the search of a property can be a disorienting and frightening experience for a person. The representation of a criminal defense attorney may help a person in this position decide how to respond to charges. Legal support might improve the chances of winning release at a bail hearing until the next court date. To prepare a defense, an attorney may provide advice about how to enter a plea based on an examination of the evidence. Legal insights and information about rights might prevent a person from entering a plea for drug crimes without understanding options and consequences. The strength of the evidence may determine whether an attorney recommends that the person pursue an acquittal at trial or open negotiations with a prosecutor for a plea deal.

Source: Beaumont Enterprise, “Mugshots: 7 arrested in Chamber Co. drug bust“, Erica Apodaca, Dec. 19, 2018

HOW TO AVOID A NEW YEAR’S EVE DWI

HOW TO AVOID A NEW YEAR’S EVE DWI

Police forces around Texas are extra vigilant on New Year’s Eve. Plenty of people drink alcohol to celebrate the upcoming new year, and they will arrest anyone they suspect is under the influence. Although DWIs have decreased in recent years around the state, they are still prevalent and still dangerous to everyone else on the road.

You do not want to ring in 2019 with a DWI on your record. Before you head out to a party, brush up on what steps to take to avoid driving under the influence this New Year’s Eve.

Have a reliable designated driver

If you plan on going out in a group, one person should be the designated driver. Whoever you pick should be responsible enough to not have a sip of alcohol the entire evening. In the event no one in your party wants to volunteer, you should look into public transportation or ridesharing apps. Even if the party is only a couple miles away from your house, it is better to Uber home and pick up your car the next morning than risk a DWI.

Do not listen to the “one drink per hour” rule

Plenty of Texans think they will be safe to drive as long as they only consume one alcoholic beverage every hour. Everyone is different. Some people’s bodies process alcohol more slowly than others, so they will still get over the legal limit if they only drink once per hour. Additionally, if you plan on having mixed drinks, the alcohol content could be higher than what you will get out of a beer.

Avoid texting and driving

Even when you are completely sober and can drive home safely, you want to avoid looking at your phone or other such distractions. You could swerve between lanes. Cops will use this as an excuse to pull you over, especially on New Year’s Eve. Do not give the cops any reason to pull you over, or else you could still end the night with a visit to jail.

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