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.
Many people assume that celebrities live their lives completely void of pain or hardship. While it's easy to believe that celebrities are always living glamorously, such is not the case for former Cowboys quarterback Ryan Leaf. The former football player is wanted in Texas for theft crimes and fraud.
Several years ago, the world of professional baseball was rocked by a long string of allegations and extensive federal investigations into the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Several of baseball's biggest stars were accused of taking steroids, which stained many individual reputations and the repute of baseball as a whole.
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.
In recent years, marijuana has gained a reputation as a "soft drug." However, this doesn't mean that law enforcement treats marijuana crimes -- especially those involving significant quantities of the drug -- any less seriously.
Allegations of drug possession are serious on both the state and federal levels. With that mind, readers in Texas will be interested in a recent raid by federal authorities in Pennsylvania. Reportedly, an alleged drug ring was broken up, and authorities have made drug charges against four people, some of who are from the Houston area. The suspects were arrested on federal drug charges that included allegations of drug trafficking. The investigation was said to have been conducted by several state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.A news release from the United States Attorney's Office alleged that the four men conspired to work together and with others to distribute cocaine on multiple occasions. A grand jury indicted all of the men based on a federal investigation that apparently began in 2009 and continued into September of 2011. A federal raid purportedly resulted in the seizure of 35 pounds of cocaine, the estimated street value of which is $3 million. Authorities also confiscated $7 million in currency.
Figuring out the exact circumstances of an arrest on drug charges can be a complicated process. This is frequently because news reports about the arrest are based on the suppositions of police spokespersons or on a vaguely worded police press release. After all, police do wish to present themselves in a favorable light. But that can make an arrest for drug charges seem more conclusive than it really is. With these issues in mind, readers of this blog may be interested to hear of a recent drug case that involves two Texas residents.