Two Texas men were recently taken into custody on drug charges after police received multiple complaints about illicit activities occurring at a residential property. The incident took place in Beaumont.
Authorities in Texas have reported that a 41-year-old man was taken into custody and several marijuana plants were seized on the morning of Jan. 26 when officers from the DeSoto City Police Department visited a home to follow up on a domestic violence complaint. The man has been charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, but additional counts are said to be pending. They are expected to be filed when the plant material recovered at the scene has been analyzed by forensic scientists.
Social media reporting led to a Texas drug raid in which a 25-year-old man is accused of selling drugs to local teens, said the Parker County Sheriff's Office. The agency said that it made several arrests beginning on Dec. 6, 2019, and seized different types of illegal drugs as well as $30,000 in cash. They say that young people, in particular, were being targeted by the alleged dealer and that their investigation was sparked by a parent who reported that their teen was receiving Snapchat videos from a person in Tarrant County selling various substances online, including cannabis, LSD and mushrooms.
Some people in Texas may have heard that there has been an increase in people taken into custody nationwide for charges related to marijuana vapes. On November 13 in Tucson, Arizona, four UPS employees and seven other people were detained on charges related to drug trafficking. Law enforcement allegedly also seized over 50,000 counterfeit THC vape pens.
On Nov. 8, Texas authorities arrested four men during a drug raid at a residence in Hutto. The operation was conducted by detectives from the Hutto Police Department and the Pflugerville Police Department.
A narcotics investigation that began in Texas, spread to Oklahoma and Tennessee and lasted for seven months concluded with federal indictments being handed down against six unidentified suspects according to a Sept. 19 press release from the Hardeman County Sheriff's Office. The press release also states that several other suspects were identified during the investigation, which was named 'Operation Bates Motel", but the evidence against them was not strong enough to support conspiracy or engaging In organized criminal activity charges.
When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1325 into law on June 10, he placed police officials and prosecutors in the state in a difficult position. The law legalizes hemp cultivation in Texas, but it does not apply to marijuana. This is a problem for law enforcement and the criminal justice system because the Lone Star State's crime laboratories are not currently able to measure THC concentrations, which is necessary to tell the difference between legal hemp and illegal marijuana.
Law enforcement officers including Texas Rangers took part in a search of the Wichita Falls deputy city manager's home that led to the seizure of undisclosed amounts of marijuana and evidence that the drug was being cultivated on the property. Media reports reveal that the man tendered his resignation after learning about the May 28 search of his Wendover Street residence. Wichita County District Attorney's Office investigators also took part in the multi-agency operation.
On April 18, a federal grand jury in Texas indicted seven men for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking ring. The defendants are reportedly members of the East Side Bloods street gang.
Hip-hop fans in Texas may be aware that the 27-year-old rapper Jeffery Lamar Williams, who is better known by his stage name Young Thug, was charged with narcotics and weapons offenses on Oct. 17 following a routine traffic stop. Police in Georgia say that they discovered a large amount of cash, two firearms and drugs including Xanax, marijuana, ecstasy and codeine in the controversial rapper's Mercedes-Benz Maybach sedan.