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Drug raid results in seizure of $33,000 in drugs

Law enforcement officers in Texas raided a residence as part of an investigation to target alleged drug suppliers. The raid reportedly resulted in the seizure of 6.5 pounds of marijuana, an undetermined amount of Xanax, 198 doses of THC and approximately $7,000. The drugs are estimated to have a street value of $33,000.

The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force conducted the investigation and drug raid. The search and seizure operation was the result of several months of undercover operations that focused on the supply locations and distribution of marijuana and THC in the local area. A search warrant was presented prior to the raid by local deputies.

What is the best assault and battery defense strategy?

If you are charged with assault and battery it's important to understand a few things. In addition to the situation that resulted in your charges, focus on the potential penalties and the best way to avoid the most serious consequences.

It's important to note that no two assault and battery cases are the same, with some straightforward and others full of complex details that complicate the legal process.

Woman busted for drugs in El Paso hotel

On Aug. 22, Texas authorities arrested a woman after drugs were allegedly found in her hotel room. The incident took place in Northeast El Paso.

According to the El Paso Police Department, officers were called to a Superlodge located at 9487 Dyer at approximately 7:30 p.m. Once there, they reportedly entered a guest room and found multiple people using a variety of illegal drugs. A search of the room turned up 11 grams of methamphetamine, 5 grams of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, several glass pipes, a scale and a grinder. A 9mm handgun was also found.

Ankle monitors are another type of prison

In Texas and across the country, ankle monitors have often been promoted as a humane alternative to traditional incarceration. After a spate of negative publicity exposed the practice of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to separate undocumented immigrant parents and children, families have now been monitored through these devices. In addition, people accused of white-collar crimes have also been assigned ankle monitors on a fairly frequent basis. Research indicates that police and other agencies' use of electronic ankle monitors has more than doubled between 2005 and 2015.

A growing light has been shed on the negative social consequences of excessive incarceration, especially on communities of color. In response, ankle monitoring has been promoted as an alternative to prison. However, people who live with the monitors have noted that they face extensive restrictions that are often poorly understood. The monitors are usually equipped with GPS tracking, and people have spent time behind bars if the signal drops or provides inaccurate information.

Drug reform laws reduce racial disparities in arrests

As the public's view toward some drugs evolves in Texas, the results of drug law reforms in other places have eased racial disparities among people who get arrested. After California passed a proposition that changed some felony drug offenses to misdemeanors, researchers detected a drop in the disparity between arrested blacks and whites. From a disparity rating of 81 per 100,000 felony drug arrests, the difference dropped to 44 per 100,000 after only one month since the effective date of the law.

The researchers continued to collect data over five years from approximately one million drug arrests. The disparity between whites and Latinos remained largely unchanged, but the reduction in black arrests could have a positive influence on that community.

Drugs worth $4.8 million discovered during traffic stop

Media outlets in Texas have reported that officers from the Austin Police Department discovered 50 pounds of methamphetamine, six pounds of heroin and 82 pounds of cocaine during a routine traffic stop in Travis County on the afternoon of July 10. The drugs are said to have a street value of about $4.8 million. A 43-year-old Weslaco man was taken into custody in connection with the narcotics haul. The man has been charged with three first-degree felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance and faces decades in prison if convicted. Reports indicate that he was transported to the Travis County Jail for processing and his bail has been set at $300,000.

According to a police report, the man's pickup truck was traveling northbound on Interstate 35 in the vicinity of the Onion Creek Parkway when an APD officer pulled it over after noticing that it did not have a front license plate. The officer says that he became suspicious when the man behind the wheel produced an expired Tennessee driver's license and made contradictory statements about his travel plans. The man is then said to have consented to a search of his vehicle.

When can you refuse to answer police questioning?

Interacting with police is not always simple to navigate, especially in the current social climate where civilians and police are often at great odds. Additionally, many civilians are unclear exactly what the law has to say about protecting individual rights when interacting with law enforcement, particularly when it comes to answering questions or remaining silent.

We are probably all familiar with the general concept of "pleading the Fifth" and remaining silent when questioned in a courtroom scenario, as this aspect of individual rights is well represented in pop culture, from sketch comedy to police procedurals, and everything in between. What many civilians do not know, however, is that they generally enjoy the right to refuse to speak to police in most instances.

Drug-induced homicide laws becoming more common

As the country's opioid crisis becomes more widespread, many states, such as Texas, are starting to blame others when an opioid overdose death occurs. This means that the drug dealer who sold the user the drugs that resulted in the overdose, the user's friends and even his or her relatives could face legal consequences following a fatal overdose.

Drug-induced homicide laws in some states allow authorities to hold someone responsible for an overdose death. Although the laws in most states were designed to just hold the drug dealer responsible, some law enforcement agencies are beginning to bring charges against other users who might have been sharing drugs with the person who died. When an overdose death occurs, many law enforcement agencies treat the scene as a crime scene by recording any potential evidence of criminal activity.

Texas Republican platform endorses decriminalization of marijuana

The Republican party of Texas has given its support to the decriminalization of marijuana by voting to include it in its official platform. In addition to supporting the decriminalization of marijuana, the party also voted to expand support for medical cannabis and support industrial hemp. The vote came at the Texas Republican convention on June 16.

The party's new position on marijuana reform includes changing possession of less than 1 ounce from a criminal offense to a civil offense with no jail time. Additionally, the party supports expanding an existing state law that gives patients access to medical cannabis and removing cannabis from the federal Class 1 drug classification. The party platform also endorses industrial hemp as a valuable commodity.

Man arrested after trespassing, crawling into homeowners' bed

A Texas man is facing multiple charges after being found inside a stranger's home on June 2. The incident took place in Nacogdoches at approximately 1:45 a.m.

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department said that the defendant, age 38, entered a residence on CR 805, made his way to the master bedroom and crawled into bed with the owners of the home. The owners woke up and called the authorities. A deputy arrived at the scene and tried to coax the defendant out of the house. However, he allegedly became combative and began to struggle. At that point, he was placed under arrest.

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