The Texas Controlled Substances Act makes it illegal to possess certain controlled or illicit drugs. There are four different categories of illegal drugs under state law; marijuana is classified separately, constituting a fifth class. Prosecutors have the burden of proof in criminal cases; they are required to prove the elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
A narcotics task force operating in Texas has made a significant financial impact on groups and individuals committing drug offenses in the area. Officials reported that a task force composed of personnel drawn from local and federal law enforcement agencies seized more than $386,000 in less than a month. The police attribute the money to drug trafficking in the region.
After a citizen called police to report a suspicious vehicle, two individuals were taken into custody in Anderson County on April 13. The pair were charged with drug offenses and public intoxication. An Anderson County sheriff's deputy received a call at 7:55 p.m. regarding a blue Kia Sportage parked in front of a gate.
A man is in jail after allegedly being in possession of methamphetamines, hydrocodone and methocarbomal. After allegedly noticing suspicious activity in the early morning hours of July 5, local police officers stopped to investigate and ended up taking the 30-year-old man into custody. The man was awaiting a court appearance for a separate charge when he was detained. He is being held without bond on a number of felony weapons and drug possession charges.
The death of a 24-year-old motorcyclist in 2009 resulted in intoxicated manslaughter charges against the 27-year-old law student whose vehicle ran over her. The case against the now-graduated law student ended Jan. 25 with his no contest plea to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Sentencing is slated for February. Evidence showed that both the motorcyclist and the 27-year-old were intoxicated. The driver had a blood alcohol content level of 0.13, according to a blood test performed after his arrest. The prosecutor handling the case told the judge that it would have been difficult proving intoxicated manslaughter because police officers at the scene were not convinced of the link between the man's intoxication and the accident. The defense attorney was prepared to argue that the motorcyclist might have been able to control her motorcycle had she not been intoxicated.
The recent shooting death of a 44-year-old woman by her estranged husband who then shot himself in the head at their daughter's birthday party happened a week after the mayor of Dallas asked police to focus their efforts on any criminal case involving allegations of domestic violence. In Dallas, homicide cases linked to domestic violence doubled in 2012 as shelters for battered women report an increase in the level of violent crime related to domestic abuse. Police and neighbors were at a loss to explain the homicide and suicide that happened in a quiet neighborhood in Grapevine, Texas. A witness who spoke to the 43-year-old husband shortly before the shooting said he neither saw nor heard anything in their conversation that gave any warning of what was to come. Neither of the couple's two children attending the party was injured in the shooting.
It is not unusual or uncommon for people to have encounters with officer who are investigating suspicious behavior. Most of those encounters involve a brief conversation that ends with the officer and the civilian going their separate ways. Occasionally, the encounters escalate and end with an arrest on a criminal charge. An encounter between a 23-year-old Texas man from College Station could have ended without incident, but the actions of the suspect when confronted by police ended with his arrest on a felony charge and two misdemeanor charges.The events began when a police officer was leaving a food mart on South Texas 6 investigating a report that someone found a bag of cocaine. The officer said he saw the College Station man pull into the food mart without having his headlights on. The man told the police officer that he has there to meet someone, but his story changed when the officer told him that no one other than employees of the food mart were there.
It is not unusual for a routine encounter between police and the public to end in an arrest. A routine traffic stop by police ended with the arrest of a 23-year-old Texas man on suspicion of drug possession and felony charges of possession of a firearm. The young man's troubles began when police ran his information and discovered that he had a prior felony conviction. A subsequent search of his car allegedly yielded a quantity of prescription pills, an illegal handgun and marijuana. Police seized the evidence and arrested the suspect, who was detained at a detention center in lieu of $5,000 bond.
A driver is facing felony theft charges after allegedly stealing 1,500 cases of beer from a truck he was driving for an employer. The truck driver is reported to have called his boss to say the truck had broken down during a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas. He later called in to work again and allegedly said that he had sold the contents of the truck because he needed the cash.The police received a tip about someone selling beer out of rental trailers and upon investigation, about a week later found boxes and wrappers with bar codes that matched those from the missing load of beer. The truck driver was arrested and is being held on a $40,000 bond for charges of felony theft. It was not clear how much he garnered from the alleged scheme, or how much he was selling the allegedly purloined goods for.
After completing a drug sting operation, Texas law enforcement officials have arrested numerous individuals who are apparently connected to a Texas Christian University drug ring. Most recently, cops have arrested two more people on drug offenses, in addition to three others previously apprehended. Most of those arrested are students or graduates of the university and have been accused of delivering prescription drugs and marijuana.