Criminal charges can have a significant impact on defendant's lives. Convictions can follow people for years to come, making it difficult to carry on with life as normal. For those facing serious criminal allegations -- such as drug charges -- prompt action regarding defense options is usually a smart idea.
States along the Mexico border often have additional security concerns related to the drug trade. Typically, drug crimes related to trafficking from Mexico into Texas are handled by U.S. Border Patrol and DEA agents. However, Mexican authorities may also collaborate on some of these busts.
The increase in illegal use of prescription drugs has led to charges being laid on health care professionals. A former nurse in Texas was recently arrested in relation to multiple drug crimes and charged with three counts of obtaining drugs through fraud and four counts of possession of controlled substances. Her co-workers reported her to police after allegedly discovering her involvement in stealing prescription pills.
Violent organizations such as gangs are often involved in major stories about illegal activity. Recently, 57 people connected with several white supremacist groups have been charged with drug crimes. As of Monday, April 30, 51 of these individuals were in custody and six others were being sought by police.
Laws governing the use and distribution of medical marijuana vary from state to state. In Texas, cannabis is illegal save for exceptions laid out in the Compassionate Use Act of 2015. It is important for anyone using or seeking to use medical marijuana to understand these laws, as those who unlawfully possess or distribute the substance can be charged with drug crimes.
The trafficking of illegal substances can often involve many different participants. In Texas, a year-long investigation has led to 40 arrests related to an alleged cartel drug ring. The alleged drug crimes are said to have originated in a mechanic shop in Austin and have ties to Mexican cartel La Familia.
New technology and interstate communications have certainly had an impact on many things, and the drug trade is no exception. A group of people were recently accused of federal drug crimes related to the attempt to mail a large amount of fentanyl from another state back to Texas. The large quantity of the deadly drug, valued at $1 million, was seized before it made its way to Texas.
When people think of drug crimes, illegal substances are often the first thing that come to mind. But across the United States, opiod abuse and drug crimes related to prescription pills are sweeping through even the most unassuming towns. In the Rio Grande Valley and other parts of Texas, police are observing a growing trend of opiod abuse in high schools, colleges and homes.
Police officers have many methods of looking for people who are breaking the law. One of the tactics used by authorities investigating drug crimes involves the use of dogs who are able to sniff out substances. In Texas, a dog has sniffed out over $100 million worth of drugs on Interstate 10 between San Antonio and Houston.
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.