U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that there has been a noted increase in the number of cocaine and heroin seizures in the South Texas region in the past year. For example, the South Texas Corridor had a 177 percent increase in heroin busts and 129 percent increase in cocaine busts.
On May 10, it was reported that Texas authorities took 10 people who were believed to be involved in a drug trafficking ring into custody. Called Operation Clean Sweep, the sting began in September 2016 after authorities received a tip about potential narcotics activity occurring in Cedar Park.
Police affiliated with the University of North Texas have issued arrests warrants for three male students. Accusations against the men include promotion of prostitution as well as drug possession. One man, a former basketball player for the university, has already been arrested on charges of possessing under two ounces of marijuana. Denton County Jail released him after he arranged for a $1,000 bond.
On March 31, a Texas man was sentenced to 204 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess methamphetamine. The defendant, a 35-year-old Kirbyville resident, pleaded guilty on Oct. 16.
Some Texans may remember Artie Lange, a comedian who regularly appeared on the "Howard Stern Show" for several years. It now appears that Lange has been arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Law enforcement stopped a 67-year-old man traveling to Houston to visit his granddaughter, who is ill with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphona. The police near Decator accused him of speeding. The presence of a pipe in the vehicle gave the officer probable cause to search the vehicle with a drug-sniffing dog.
When law enforcement officers in Texas reach for a drug-testing kit during a traffic stop, the results may end up being false. Incidents of truckers and motorists being charged with drug possession when they really had baking soda, candy or tortilla flour have emerged across the nation.
Many people in Texas enjoy glazed doughnuts, but most would not mistake the glaze for crystal methamphetamine. In December 2015, a man in Florida was booked for drug charges after police thought that the sugary flakes that had fallen off of his Krispy Kreme doughnuts were controlled substances. The man's charges were dropped after lab testing confirmed that the doughnut glaze was not meth.
A 33-year-old Texas resident was taken into police custody Sept. 6 on numerous felony drug charges. According to the report, the man was arrested following an ongoing drug investigation that led to a search warrant being executed by the Nacogdoches County SWAT team.
According to an indictment unsealed on Aug. 3, eight people were facing a count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Three of the defendants were from San Elizario while the other four were from Socorro in Texas. Another man from Socorro was taken into custody in June 2016. All eight were taken into custody after drug and weapons stings were conducted by authorities in El Paso County.