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Texas men charged with enhanced drug crimes

Two Texas men were recently arrested for allegedly running a drug operation out of a suburban home. Both are facing enhanced drug crimes charges because of the home's proximity to a drug free zone. The two supposedly admitted that the drugs were theirs, and have since posted bond.

In mid Nov. 2018, local authorities executed the search warrant they had for the house. Two 23-year-old men were apparently living there at the time, and police say they found over a pound of marijuana, 70 grams of which belonged to one man while around a pound belonged to the other. It is unclear if either used these drugs, but both were allegedly engaged in selling it. Neighbors told police that they had seen several different people who did not live in the neighborhood coming to the house, staying for a couple of minutes and then leaving.

The men were arrested for possessing marijuana, although it is not clear if police intend to file additional charges related to distribution. Since their home is said to be located under 500 feet from a public park, making it a drug free zone, their charges are enhanced. They were initially booked into jail on bonds of $10,000 and $16,000.

Enhanced charges often carry potentially steeper criminal penalties, so even seemingly minor allegations can suddenly pose serious problems. Texas defendants facing these types of drug crimes charges should be certain that they fully understand the allegations and related evidence before moving forward toward the defense planning stage. This is usually best accomplished alongside an experienced attorney who can work to ensure that a defendant's rights are respected and upheld.

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