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Three taken into custody on drug charges

Three Texas residents were taken into police custody shortly after midnight on September 7 at a Holiday Inn on West Bay Area Boulevard in Houston. One of the individuals was recently released after serving a one-year prison sentence in Lyncher State Jail in Humble, Texas. The 32-year-old man had been sentenced to Lyncher after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a 2011 robbery. He also had earlier convictions for cocaine possession, methamphetamine possession and possession with intent to deliver.

He was allegedly found in the Holiday Inn by Webster Police with under a gram of methamphetamine in his possession. He was taken into custody on possession charges and released on a $15,000 bond. A 33-year-old woman was also taken into custody for possessing cocaine and methamphetamine. She was released on $4,000 bond. A third person was taken into custody for marijuana possession and released on $2,500 bond.

The three individuals were scheduled to separately appear in court in the week following the arrest. Their cases were also scheduled to go before a grand jury for possible indictment. If they are indicted and ultimately convicted, they could face fines, probation and jail. While the charges are serious, an indictment and conviction are not automatic. Individuals facing drug charges have the right to present a defense to avoid conviction.

An attorney with drug defense experience could help individuals facing similar charges by examining the details of the charges and the arrest and preparing and presenting a defense. The attorney may find that the charges are excessive for the alleged crime or that the charges are unsubstantiated by evidence. The attorney may then fight for a dismissal or negotiate a plea for reduced charges and penalties.

Source: Bay Area Citizen, "Pasadena man, two others arrested during Webster hotel drug sting", Kristi Nix, September 25, 2013

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