A 41-year-old Texas man faces up to 20 years in prison after being taken into custody on felony drug possession charges on the afternoon of May 5. An officer with the Pinehurst Police Department is said to have apprehended the man on an outstanding warrant after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle. Reports indicate that he is being held at an area detention facility and his bond has been set at $25,000.
Police in Texas say that two people were taken into custody at a mechanic shop in Henderson County. This occurred after police searched the business on April 9. A 47-year-old man faces a charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance totaling more than four grams but less than 200 grams. Police said that there was a Harley Davidson motorcycle at the shop that had been reported stolen in 2015.
A year-long federal drug investigation into an international drug ring came to a head in North Austin on March 28. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas, 18 people were taken into custody at an auto body shop near North Lamar Boulevard in North Austin. The arrest was made by a broad partnership of state and federal entities including the DEA and the Austin Police Department.
Texas led the nation in the number of exonerations of criminal defendants in 2017 with 23 people exonerated across the state following the exposure of wrongful criminal convictions. While the number of exonerations dropped across the country in 2017, Texas continued to lead, particularly due to the exoneration of drug defendants in Harris County. Over the previous several years, the county saw a number of criminal exonerations after testing years later showed that the convicted defendants were actually innocent.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has been pursuing a program of aggressive traffic stops, seizing over 269 pounds in cannabis in one week in Oldham County. The traffic stops began on Feb. 6, when one state trooper stopped a vehicle for an unnamed traffic violation as it traveled on Interstate 40 near the city of Vega. Authorities discovered 123 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. That amount of cannabis has a value of around $746,000.
Drug charges can come with extremely serious penalties, especially for people with prior convictions . For example, one woman arrested in Texas was sentenced to life in prison in January 2018 after she pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and other related offenses.
According to Texas police, a traffic stop resulted in the discovery of several illegal substances in the vehicle of a 25-year-old man. The traffic stop occurred because police observed the vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. Authorities say that they found promethazine and Xanax pills when they searched the vehicle, and marijuana was in plain sight when police made contact with the driver.
Although Texas is not among the states that have legalized marijuana, the Travis County Commissioners Court has recognized the need to limit jail penalties for low-risk marijuana offenders. All members of the court approved the creation of a drug diversion class for people charged with possessing no more than 2 ounces of marijuana.
On Dec. 6, Texas authorities reported that hundreds of doses of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana were recovered following a traffic stop. Austin police said that they conducted a traffic stop on a 24-year-old man after he was supposedly observed driving recklessly across three lanes of traffic.
On Nov. 1, two Texas residents were arrested for allegedly attempting to transport a large quantity of marijuana in a pickup truck. The incident happened at around 5:46 p.m. in Hidalgo County.