Texas movie fans may have heard that, on July 21, actress Alicia Silverstone's brother was taken into custody for drug possession during a marijuana raid at a northern California location. The man, age 43, was charged with cultivating and processing marijuana and for possessing marijuana with intent to sell. He was released soon after his $25,000 bond was issued.
On June 9, news sources in Texas reported that a 38-year-old Bryan man was sentenced to 25 years in prison in connection with the most recent felony charges against him. According to sources, the man had been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance following a raid on his home on July 11, 2014. The Bryan Police Department narcotic officers who executed the search warrant found about 200 grams of methamphetamine, an undisclosed amount of cocaine and two firearms in that raid.
A raid by Texas law enforcement agents from Fort Bend County ended in multiple felony and misdemeanor drug crime allegations against a man, his girlfriend and her 18-year-old son. Police entered the home of the accused individuals to execute a search warrant as part of an investigation into street-level drug trafficking.Police from the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force searched the home and seized quantities of marijuana, cocaine and crack cocaine. Also seized was evidence that a drug manufacturing and distribution operation was being conducted from the house that is near two elementary schools.
A routine traffic stop by a police officer in New Braunfels did not end well for the driver of the vehicle and his passenger. The discovery by the officer of an active warrant for the passenger led to a search of the 24-year-old man and the filing of marijuana charges. The driver did not fare much better. His refusal to stop his car immediately when the officer signaled him to pull over earned him a fleeing charge. The names given to criminal charges can be misleading. Take, for example, the fleeing charge against the driver of the car. Images of a high-speed chase through the streets of New Braunfels come to mind, but a slowly moving vehicle traveling for a block or two is what police allege occurred. A judge or jury will have to decide if the facts as proven by the evidence establish that the driver committed the misdemeanor offense of eluding or fleeing from a police officer.
A routine traffic stop in the Texas panhandle by a state trooper did not end well for a motorist who now faces a prison sentence and $10 million in fines for drug trafficking. Troopers arrested the man on a federal drug charge after a drug-sniffing dog alerted police to 16 pounds of cocaine in the man's pickup truck in November 2012. He was recently indicted by a federal grand jury on federal cocaine trafficking charges stemming from the traffic stop.According to reports of the incident, an officer saw the accused improperly signaling as he changed lanes multiple times on Interstate 40. After stopping the vehicle, the officer asked for permission to search the pickup. The driver refused to allow a search. It appears that the officer did not have probable cause to search the vehicle, but that quickly changed when another trooper showed up with a dog trained to detect drugs.
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 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.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys know that sometimes a guilty plea can be the most effective result for their clients charged with drug offenses. Drug possession, drug trafficking, drug delivery and drug manufacturing offenses subject the offender to penalties that may include a prison sentence, probation supervision and monetary fines. Three Texas Christian University football players arrested as part of a police drug investigation earlier this year recently avoided prison by pleading guilty to marijuana charges.The three TCU students who were arrested in February, as we wrote about on this blog, as part of a police drug investigation pled guilty recently in Tarrant County to drug delivery charges involving marijuana. The three men faced imprisonment if they had been tried and convicted of the original charges. By pleading guilty, the three were sentenced to deferred adjudication probation and ordered to pay fines ranging from $1,200.
Though living the life of a professional football player certainly carries perks, it also carries a lot of risk. In addition to facing the threat of injury on the field, some athletes deal with the realities of drug addiction off the field. Johnny Jolly, Houston resident and former Texas A&M standout, recently received a sentencing reprieve for drug offenses he was convicted of last year.