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Police bust reveals $300,000 worth of cocaine

Texas law enforcement agencies took a 38-year-old man into custody on Sept. 8 after they received a tip that he was transporting cocaine between two cities. Authorities also said that this particular Austin resident had been on their radar for some time as the Austin Police Department had been receiving reports about a potential drug trafficking organization that was moving drugs between Houston and Austin.

Authorities launched an investigation into the organization where they learned that the drugs were being brought into the country through Houston before being transported to Austin. They also believed, based on the investigation, that the accused man was at the center of the organization.

The police took the man into custody after he stopped at a Bastrop gas station. He was detained after he left his vehicle to make a stop at the convenience store. When the police searched the vehicle, they reportedly found 11 kilograms of cocaine that had been wrapped in tin foil and tap. It was estimated later on that the drugs had a street value of about $300,000. The man was being held on $500,000 bond in Travis County jail.

Drug trafficking and drug delivery charges can carry steep penalties depending on a variety of factors. These factors can range from the type of drug the person was accused of trafficking, the amount of drugs they had and whether or not they had prior drug-related convictions. Because Texas prosecutors aggressively prosecute drug charges, the minimum prison term for those accused of transporting large amounts of drugs can be 10 years. A criminal law attorney may mount a strong defense against the allegations if the authorities did not have probable cause to detain the accused person and search their vehicle or other property.

Source: KXAN, "Austin police discover $300,000 worth of cocaine in drug bust", Rosemond Crown, 09/09/2017

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