On May 18, Texas authorities reported that two people who were accused of misdemeanor and felony drug offenses were taken into custody after police armed with a warrant searched their home. The two people were identified as a 21-year-old Nacogdoches woman and a 23-year-old Nacogdoches man.
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.
Driving while intoxicated is a serious issue in Texas and the rest of the country. In 2014, fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in which alcohol was a factor accounted for almost 10,000 deaths, which was one-third of all of the motor vehicle crash deaths for that year. However, according to a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Colorado School of Public Health, state laws that require the use of ignition interlocks for all individuals who have been convicted of a drunk driving offense can reduce the amount of fatal vehicle crashes involving alcohol.