Police in Texas have reported that drugs with a street value of more than $33,000 were seized during the search of a Sugar Land residence on the morning of Sept. 7. The search was conducted by officers assigned to the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force during an investigation into the distribution and sale of THC extracts and marijuana in the area.

According to local media accounts, deputies discovered almost seven pounds of marijuana and 198 vaporizing cartridges containing THC extract in the Sugarbridge Trail home. THC is the cannabinoid that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Deputies say that they also found more than $7,000 in cash and several Xanax pills during the search. A Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office representative said that the investigation that led to the search of the house was one of several undercover operations conducted in recent months aimed at identifying and apprehending individuals involved in the local drug trade.

A 20-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene in connection with the seized narcotics. Reports indicate that he was subsequently booked into a Fort Bend County detention facility on a raft of first and second-degree felony counts including marijuana possession, money laundering and the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys would likely advise those charged with serious drug crimes to remain silent until they have spoken with a lawyer even when the evidence against them seems overwhelming. Prosecutors often seek to settle these cases quickly to avoid the possibility of losing in court, but they may be less willing to show leniency when defendants have already confessed and can offer little more useful information.

Source: ABC 13, “Authorities find marijuana, Xanax and THC extracts valued at $33,000 during drug bust in Sugar Land”, Miya Shay, Sept. 7, 2018