A Texas man is facing multiple charges after authorities allegedly found 30 pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Feb. 20. The charges were filed in Lyon County District Court in Kansas on Feb. 25.
According to local media outlets, the defendant was driving a Ford F-150 on Interstate 35 outside Emporia at approximately 12:11 p.m. when a trooper from the Kansas Highway Patrol pulled him over for multiple traffic violations. These violations included driving in the middle of the road, failing to use a turn signal when changing lanes and partial coverage of the license plate's issuing state, which was Texas.
After executing the stop, the trooper noticed several things that seemed suspicious, including the overuse of citrus air freshener, the defendant's nervous demeanor and the fact he said he was traveling to El Paso, a known narcotics hub. As a result, the trooper asked the defendant if he could search the truck, and the defendant consented. During the search, the trooper allegedly uncovered around 30 pounds of methamphetamine inside the vehicle. As a result, the defendant was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, use of a cell phone to commit a drug felony, no drug tax stamp and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Felony drug crimes often lead to severe consequences, including decades in prison, thousands of dollars in fines and permanent criminal records. However, a criminal defense attorney could represent a defendant's interests in court and develop a defense strategy to fight the charges. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the attorney could use that strategy to get the charges dismissed or significantly reduced.