A 41-year-old and a 38-year-old man were indicted in Texas for allegedly possessing over 500 pounds of liquid methamphetamine. Both men were charged with possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute it as well as a conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.
The drug charges came about after a routine traffic stop in October. Police in El Paso pulled over a vehicle being driven by the 38-year-old after he allegedly violated a traffic law. The man then reportedly gave consent to allow the police to search the vehicle. During the search, police found 10 plastic containers full of what they believed to be liquid methamphetamine. They also found over $37,000 in cash.
Police then went to the residence of the 38-year-old and performed a search and seizure at the property. Investigators found an additional $2,000 of money and two firearms. The money is believed to be from the proceeds of drug sales. An investigation by the FBI led investigators to believe that the liquid methamphetamine ring had been in operation since September. Both men face consequences ranging from 10 years to life in prison if convicted of all of the charges.
Those charged with a drug crime must consider their need for legal representation. A criminal defense attorney who has experience in working with those involved in drug crime matters may be able to help. For example, drug charges often rely on the drug evidence seized during a search as the primary evidence. If this evidence isn’t admissible, the prosecution may have no choice but to reduce or drop the charges. One way that evidence may not be admissible is if proper consent or search warrants were not received before the search. A lawyer may look into how the search warrants were obtained. If they weren’t obtained legally, then the evidence might not be admissible in court.