The Texas Controlled Substances Act makes it illegal to possess certain controlled or illicit drugs. There are four different categories of illegal drugs under state law; marijuana is classified separately, constituting a fifth class. Prosecutors have the burden of proof in criminal cases; they are required to prove the elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
A fight for district attorney in Harris County has resulted in both candidates announcing measures that will decriminalize possession of marijuana in small quantities, although the plans put forth show fundamental differences. The decriminalization was first proposed in August by a democratic challenger to the district attorney's seat. On Oct. 1, the current DA announced that a six-month pilot program would begin on Oct. 6, reportedly allowing first-time offenders the chance to avoid prosecution if they are found with less than two ounces of marijuana.
On Sept. 16, police raided the home of two people in Sherman after reportedly being granted a search warrant to look for drugs. The 27-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were reportedly sleeping when the Sherman Special Response Team entered their home and confiscated 1.5 gallons of a suspected drug mixture called Purple Drank. Police also seized five ounces of suspected methamphetamine, $2,200 in cash and alleged drug paraphernalia.
Authorities in Texas arrested two people for possession of marijuana after police received a lead through the TIP411 line on July 31. Investigators claimed they identified two people in El Paso who allegedly possessed over 20 pounds of marijuana. Detectives pulled over the 24-year-old male suspect as he was driving a vehicle on Aug. 1. Police allegedly recovered 3.7 ounces of marijuana from inside the vehicle. Law enforcement then reportedly found 24 pounds of marijuana inside the suspect's home.
After a citizen called police to report a suspicious vehicle, two individuals were taken into custody in Anderson County on April 13. The pair were charged with drug offenses and public intoxication. An Anderson County sheriff's deputy received a call at 7:55 p.m. regarding a blue Kia Sportage parked in front of a gate.
A man is in jail after allegedly being in possession of methamphetamines, hydrocodone and methocarbamol. After allegedly noticing suspicious activity in the early morning hours of July 5, local police officers stopped to investigate and ended up taking the 30-year-old man into custody. The man was awaiting a court appearance for a separate charge when he was detained. He is being held without bond on a number of felony weapons and drug possession charges.