A man was arrested on Monday, June 5, after he picked up a package from one Texas post office. The package contained 102 grams of Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid drug that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is often combined with other drugs, including heroin, to give a more powerful high. The prescription drug is also used legally as a painkiller and is available in United States pharmacies.
A pair of indictments announced by a U.S. attorney's office in Texas resulted in the arrest of seven people accused of drug trafficking. Raids conducted by law enforcement from multiple agencies apprehended six of the suspects in the area of Lubbock. Authorities caught the seventh person out of state.
Drugs are viewed as a major issue in Texas and throughout the nation. Law enforcement personnel are constantly seeking out those who are believed to be involved in drug trafficking or manufacturing. One investigation yielded indictments of 37 alleged members of the Texas Mexican Mafia .
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.
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.