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November 2015 Archives

Illegal wiretaps could undermine hundreds of drug cases

Texas readers may be interested to learn that prosecutors at a prominent national wiretapping hub in California likely violated federal law when they permitted police eavesdropping in hundreds of drug cases. According to an investigation by USA Today and The Desert Sun, the violations could call into question the legality of up to 738 wiretaps approved by the Riverside County facility.

Texas woman accused of selling cocaine and other drugs

On Nov. 9, a 19-year-old Texas woman was reportedly taken into custody after authorities found drugs inside her College Station apartment. In addition to five different types of drugs, police also allegedly found drug packaging material and a drug price list in the woman's bedroom.

Committing perjury in Texas

Texas criminal courts often use sworn testimony from law enforcement officers, witnesses and the defendant as a basis for their verdicts and associated sentences. Those who knowingly mislead the court in an attempt to sway the judge or a jury into making a certain decision may be accused of perjury.

Federal imprisonment for drug crimes

According to the Bureau of Prisons, there were nearly 200,000 people in federal prison in 2012, and over 50 percent of them were serving time for drug offenses. Of those drug convictions, nearly all of them involved trafficking, and 35 percent of the defendants had no prior imprisonments or had minimal criminal histories. However, some Texas residents might be curious as to what drugs and type of people are most often involved.

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