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.
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.
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.
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.
Texas parents who want to discourage their teens from consuming alcohol may want to create some strict anti-drinking guidelines. A new study shows that setting specific rules that forbid drinking can reduce underage alcohol consumption.
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.
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.
Three men were taken into custody by Fort Bend County officials on the evening of June 9, 2016. The authorities were executing a warrant at the time after investigating drug activity in a residence, and the effort also resulted in the confiscation of more than $50,000 in illegal drugs. Two of the men detained are 25 years old, and the third is 23.
Two men in Texas were taken into police custody on drug charges after a traffic stop on June 3. Prior to the traffic stop, authorities in Bowie County had been conducting surveillance near a house where they believed people were committing drug offenses. After a vehicle was seen leaving the house, a Bowie County sheriff's deputy stopped the car for a traffic violation.
An owner of South Texas Fighting Championships was handed drug charges in March. The mixed martial arts promoter was one of fifteen defendants accused of taking part in a drug trafficking scheme that involved several law enforcement officers. The alleged scheme had been under investigation by Homeland Security since 2013.