Following a 2005 feud with a fellow rapper that included gunshots and a negotiated truce, Houston, Texas, rapper Lil' Flip dropped out of the public spotlight. That ended recently with his arrest on drug possession and weapons charges.The rapper's recent troubles began when he was stopped for speeding. Police arrested him after they claim to have found an assault rifle and marijuana in the car he was driving. His passenger was also arrested and charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The charges filed against the rapper were third-offense possession of marijuana, speeding and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.
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.
Authorities have charged two brothers, ages 23 and 21, with the robbery of a gas station in Harris County, Texas. Sheriff's deputies shot the younger of the two brothers when he allegedly pointed a gun at them after being ordered to drop it. Police filed theft charges against both brothers and assault charges against the wounded suspect.Deputies went to the gas station in response to a report of a robbery. Deputies arrived at the gas station as the suspects exited the station's convenience store. When they allegedly saw one of the suspects holding a gun, the deputies told him to drop it, but he pointed the gun at one of them. Both deputies fired at the suspect. A helicopter took the wounded suspect to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. His brother, who was uninjured, was arrested and taken into custody.
A judge set bail at $1 million for a 27-year-old soldier from Fort Hood in Texas who was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death another soldier from the base. The shooting is an example of how circumstances and poor judgment can quickly turn a prank into a criminal case.According to police, the accused was watching television and drinking with the victim and another man in an off-base home. The accused used a gun in an attempt to stop the victim from hiccupping by scaring him. The police said the unsafe handling of the gun by the accused man caused it to discharge. The 22-year-old victim was killed when the bullet hit him in the face.
When someone is arrested for a crime, police often look to other unsolved incidents in the hopes of connecting suspects in custody and closing two cases at once. At times, this practice could lead investigators to narrowly focus their vision. Evidence is often circumstantial, fitting more than a handful of theories. When charged with a crime, it is important to seek experienced defense counsel to protect not only your constitutional rights but ensure that the facts are kept straight.
Being accused of drug charges in Texas can be intimidating. This can be especially true if the person charged also has a past criminal record. And when a drug charge is coupled with a weapons charge, the stakes go up even higher.