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Seventh teen arrested in Texas high school drug bust

A 15-year-old Montgomery High student was arrested for allegedly distributing prescription pills and synthetic LSD on Feb. 25. The juvenile is the seventh to be taken into custody following an extended police investigation into drug use at the Texas school. One student has died and two others have been hospitalized.

According to authorities, a growing number of Montgomery High students have been using synthetic LSD, which is also known as n-bome, 25i and acid. School officials passed around flyers warning the student body about the dangers of the drug.

How to use prescription drugs legally in Texas

In most cases, the use of prescription drugs is legal in the United States and other countries. However, there are cases in which their use is not legal. For instance, if an individual does not have a prescription for a substance found in their possession, that could be illegal possession of a prescription drug. It is also illegal in almost all cases for individuals to sell prescription drugs.

The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act determines when a prescription is being used in a lawful manner. In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act was passed, which forms the basis for how local governments, state governments and the federal government handle drug cases. The legislation is overseen by the Food and Drug Administration. It is also required to oversee and approve new drugs and medical devices as they enter the market.

Drug bust leads to multiple arrests

A drug bust in Texas led to the arrest of multiple suspects on Feb. 19. The arrests were a combined effort of the Department of Homeland Security, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force, the public safety department in Texas and the sheriff's office in Pecos County.

According to authorities, nine members of a reported methamphetamine ring operating in Pecos County were taken into custody. A representative of the sheriff's department said the original search and arrest warrants were issued for four possible suspects. However, in the course of the search, five additional suspects were taken into custody.

2 detained in Texas after police allegedly discover drugs

Deputies with the Potter County Sheriff's Office reportedly detained two men on Feb. 17 for drug charges as the men were driving on Interstate 40 through Amarillo. The arrests followed a stop in the westbound lanes of the highway at mile marker 56 around 8:40 a.m.

Reportedly, the men, who were both from Oklahoma, were first asked for permission to search their vehicle. The deputy reportedly suspected illegal activity. However the driver denied permission to search, and the deputy requested assistance from a K-9 unit. After the K-9 dog arrived on the scene, the dog reportedly alerted to the scent of drugs coming from the vehicle. Officers then searched the car, reportedly finding methamphetamine and heroin concealed inside of a coffee mug in the backseat area. They allegedly recovered 86 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin.

Texas police claim scent of marijuana as reason to search car

An expired registration sticker and an unspecified vehicle equipment violation prompted police in Alamo Heights to stop a car driven by a 25-year-old woman. A sergeant from the police department explained that officers reported smelling marijuana as they came up to the car that they pulled over on the 6900 block of Broadway.

Citing the possible presence of marijuana, the police chose to search the vehicle occupied by the woman, her two young children and another man. Drug paraphernalia and prescription medication were found. She could not produce proof that the prescriptions were hers. Also found was what appeared to be cocaine in the backpack of the woman's 4-year-old daughter. The police sergeant said that people have been known to hide illegal items in their children's possessions in the hopes that police will not look there.

Long prison sentences possible for Texas drug smugglers

Prosecutors in Brownsville have obtained guilty pleas from two employees of UPS who were accused of moving illegal drugs with their employer's trucks and airplanes. A daughter of one of the employees was also charged, and she entered a guilty plea as well.

The male UPS employees could both receive sentences of up to 40 years for allegedly distributing marijuana and cocaine in a multiple-state smuggling operation that moved drugs from South Texas to New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Ohio and Florida. The daughter faces up to five years in prison for her alleged role as a recruiter of shipments for the operation.

Ayran Brotherhood members plead guilty to drug charges

Six members of the Aryan Brotherhood who were taken into custody after Operation La Flama Blanca pled guilty to drug charges in a Texas court. Those who pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine ranged in age from 29 to 52. A related case against a 29-year-old was given a continuance. Operation La Flama Blanca was a 10-month investigation that was run by various federal government agencies such as the FBI and the DEA.

Several local police departments collaborated during the sting and were responsible for taking individuals into custody. As a result of the investigation, 9 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 15 firearms and more than $9,000 in cash were seized. Its mission was to stop the flow of meth in the counties of Bell and Coryell.

Man sentenced after selling to DEA agent

A Texas man was sentenced to prison time after being convicted on charges related to meth. The man's was taken into custody after he sold the drug to an undercover DEA agent.

The man met with the agent in May of 2014. He sold a quarter-pound of methamphetamine to the agent, then agreed to give him another quarter-pound in another location. During the second meeting, no exchange of drugs took place. The agent confronted the man about the meth weighing less than the agreed-upon amount.

Texas authorities take 23 into custody on drug-related charges

On Jan. 29, Texas authorities reported that 23 people were taken into custody on multiple drug and firearm charges. Indictments from different federal grand juries were returned on Jan. 28 for 21 of those who were taken into custody. Five additional indictments were returned for individuals who were already in custody as well as indictments for seven who were still at large.

The arrests came about after two different investigations. The first investigation, which is being called the Cortez investigation, resulted in 14 people being taken into custody. The alleged ringleader, a 30-year-old man, and several family members were accused of using a family business as a front for a cocaine distribution organization. For the second investigation, called the Derington investigation, nine people were taken into custody on drug charges. A 33-year-old man and the remaining defendants were accused of conspiring to possess and distribute methamphetamine.

Drug ring may lead to man's life imprisonment

A man in Texas may spend the rest of his life in prison due to charges related to his alleged involvement in a drug ring. The Brownsville man, who reportedly smuggled drugs in from Mexico, may also face a fine of $10 million.

According to prosecutors, the 38-year-old man was part of a drug trafficking operation involved in cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The drugs were allegedly smuggled across the border at three different border cities. The man's involvement in the drug ring reportedly lasted from 2009 to 2012.

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