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ACLU report finds many drug users serve long sentences

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, drug laws in Texas and other states are doing little to discourage drug use. In fact, such use has remained steady for decades despite strict laws on drug use and possession. The ACLU found that in 2015, four people were detained for drug possession for every one person taken into custody for distribution, and nearly 50 percent of those cases dealt with marijuana. The ACLU has produced a report arguing that people are serving long sentences for minor drug crimes. The organization favors decriminalization, education and harm reduction over using law enforcement resources to find and jail drug users.

Number of Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity Members Charged With Drug Crimes Grows

The Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity drug and death scandal continues to grow. The police have charged six more fraternity members as a result of the overdose death of Texas A&M University student Anton Gridnev. The college sophomore was an economics major.

5 arrested after caller tips police about marijuana smell

Five Texas men were charged with drug possession on Sept. 9 after an anonymous tip led to a search and subsequent seizure. The Santa Rosa Police Department received a call from an anonymous tipster on the evening of Sept. 8 about the smell of marijuana coming from a residence off of San Roman Avenue.

Stiff Penalties for Drug Charges - Why You Need an Attorney

When it comes to penalties for drug possession, the Lone Star State has some of the stiffest. For example, possession of up to four ounces of marijuana could result in a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Simple sale of paraphernalia carries the same penalties. Possession of four ounces to five pounds of cannabis is classified as a felony, and can lead to two years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000. Additionally, on final conviction of a drug offense, the violator's driver's license is automatically suspended. And Texas has more arrests for marijuana possession than almost any other state; 2013 saw 70,000 caught with the stuff.

If your child was caught with weed, the punishment may exceed the crime

Since Colorado legalized marijuana, laws and attitudes have loosened across the country. A common mantra is that it's a harmless drug and a lesser crime-which, here in the state of Texas, is not the case. Regardless of word on the streets, marijuana is a controlled substance with its own penalty grouping under Texas law. Sentencing for marijuana possession varies widely depending on an offender's record and the amount he or she was carrying, but many first-time offenders can keep their record clean.

Obama continues to commute sentences of federal inmates

The record-setting number of sentence commutations granted by President Obama could ultimately shift harsh attitudes toward drug offenders in Texas. The White House counsel emphasized that the president was using his clemency powers to bring attention to the harsh sentences often given to people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes.

8 people named in drug trafficking indictment

On Aug. 3, FBI agents and local authorities in Texas apprehended seven people who are suspected of drug trafficking. The defendants were detained in El Paso County, and they range between the ages of 25 and 68 years old. A 35-year-old man who is suspected of being involved with the same alleged drug trafficking operation was previously detained in June.

Fatal alcohol-related accidents and Uber

Texan Uber patrons may be interested in research that shows that fatalities related to drunk driving have not actually decreased since the service's inception. University of Southern California and Oxford University researchers examined highly populated metropolitan areas in the United States, and they compared fatal accident data before and after Uber debuted on the market. It was found that Uber and similar apps had no effect on the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

Federal Conspiracy Drug Case Against Former Del Rio Officer Draws To A Close

On May 21, 2015, former Del Rio law enforcement officer Raymond Villarreal entered a guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Villarreal admitted to distributing cocaine from his body shop during the two-year period between January 2012 and December 2013. Sentencing was nearly two months later, on July 13. U.S. District Judge Alia Moses sentenced Villarreal to seven years in federal prison and ordered that he pay a $3,000 fine. Upon release, the now convicted felon will be supervised for five years.

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