There are varying opinions across the U.S. on how harshly repeat drug offenders should be treated by the justice system. In Texas, a man was recently sentenced to 99 years for possessing three grams of meth, a sentence which was enhanced due to his prior criminal convictions. This story shines a light on how drug crimes from repeat offenders may be considered by the justice system in Texas.
At the time of his arrest in 2014, the police found 3.41 grams of meth, several baggies and a set of digital scales. The man's cell phone also had text messages about meth sales, according to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. Typically, this would lead to a possession of a controlled substance charge which carried a 2 to 25 year sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
However, the man was on parole at the time of the raid and had been in prison following four different arrests in six felony cases since 1992. This history of drug crimes led the court to enhance his sentence to 99 years. The district attorney of Anderson County hopes this will send a message to repeat drug offenders in the area.
This is not the first instance of Texas individuals getting enhanced sentences for being involved in multiple drug crimes. In a 2017 case, a man was sentenced to 99 years after police found him in possession of 1.18 grams of meth. It is critical that those accused of drug crimes, especially those with past convictions, speak to a lawyer to prepare the best possible defence in these circumstances.
Source: thefix.com, "Texas Man Sentenced To 99 Years For Possessing 3 Grams Of Meth", Keri Blakinger, Feb. 20, 2018