Police in Texas detained several individuals after a raid at a Tyler apartment complex in late August 2019. The four individuals detained were brought into custody by Henderson County deputies on drug and weapons charges.
The cultivation of industrial hemp in Texas became legal in June 2019 when House Bill 1325 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. Dozens of district and county attorneys reacted to the development by announcing that they would no longer prosecute minor marijuana possession cases. However, these prosecutors were not taking a stand about the moral implications of sending individuals to jail for behavior that is perfectly legal in several other states. Instead, they were saying that they will not pursue cases when guilt cannot be proved beyond any reasonable doubt.
Texas fans of Honey Boo Boo might be interested in learning that her mother, June Shannon, was recently arrested in Alabama at a gas station. Shannon and her boyfriend were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Her boyfriend was also arrested on a charge of domestic violence.
The sheriff in Webb County praised the members of the local narcotics unit after a traffic stop led to the seizure of nearly 10 kilograms of a substance believed to be cocaine. Officers pulled over a vehicle on Loop 20 and discovered that a 41-year-old man was carrying roughly 2 ounces of the substance. Law enforcement did not provide details about the reason for the initial traffic stop.
Suspicions over the authenticity of a $50 bill led to forgery and drug possession charges for a 32-year-old Texas woman, according to a report from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. The woman was taken into custody near Chandler just after midnight on Jan. 6 and transported to a local detention facility. Her bond has been set at $4,000.
Police in Texas arrested two people, seizing guns and drugs, after they carried out search warrants in two separate homes in Temple. On Oct. 31, they searched one home, where they say they found 2 grams of methamphetamine, 5 ounces of marijuana, over 40 Xanax pills and more than 500 ecstasy pills. They also found $3,000 in cash and a Glock 42 handgun, confiscating both. According to police, the drugs had a street value of $17,000. The sole person in the home at the time was arrested and taken to the Bell County Sheriff's Office.
On September 7, an unsealed two-count federal grand jury indictment charged nine Texas men with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to carry out money-laundering crimes. The accused individuals ranged in age from 28 to 46 years old.
Texans may be interested in learning that Henry Nicholas, the co-founder of chip maker Broadcom, has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nicholas was reportedly arrested on Aug. 9 by officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
According to researchers, reducing criminal penalties for certain drug crimes, such as drug possession, could have an indirect positive impact on health and racial disparities. A felony conviction could prevent Texas residents from obtaining gainful employment or loans to further their education.
Four positions approved by delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention deal with the decriminalization of marijuana. These platform planks, which were approved on June 16, follow an endorsement of marijuana legalization by the Democratic Party of New York in May.