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2 Texans face drug charges after meth allegedly found

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.

A narcotics unit reportedly arrested a 40-year-old man and 36-year-old woman on drug charges. The officers were executing a search warrant on a residence in a mobile home park when they allegedly discovered 18 grams of methamphetamine and more than $1,000 in cash. To put in perspective the amount of drugs allegedly found, consider that 18 grams is equal to a little more than half an ounce. Exactly why the money is mentioned in the police report is unclear, as there is nothing criminal or necessarily suspicious about having $1,000 of cash in one's home.

At the time of reports, it was unclear as to the specific charges against the man and woman, though it is not inconceivable that the amount of narcotics in question is not inconsistent with personal use. While possession of meth is certainly still a crime, the distribution of meth is a far greater and different crime.

As these individuals fight the charges against them, it will be vital to depict the facts in a light that is favorable for them. In this case, that means reviewing the legality of the search warrant and the purported evidence that was found. A fair and reasonable result may yet be at hand as these individuals navigate the complicated Texas court system.

Source: kxan.com, "Burnet drug search ends in arrests," Nov. 14, 2011

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