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2 men allegedly caught smoking heroin at Chuck E. Cheese

Texas residents might be interested in a recent drug bust involving heroin and a Chuck E. Cheese restroom. On July 8, police took two California men into custody for allegedly smoking heroin in a bathroom stall inside a Costa Mesa branch of the popular family entertainment center.

Police indicated that neither of the men went to the establishment with family or children. Reportedly, a customer told police that the men were consuming drugs in the restroom of the pizzeria at around 7 p.m. According to police, officers observed both men smoking heroin in one of the stalls, and both men evinced signs of being under the influence of drugs.

Rangers catcher faces marijuana misdemeanor

Geovany Soto, catcher for Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers, faces a misdemeanor drug possession count after being stopped by police in Grapevine, Texas on the evening of July 9. Soto released a statement saying that he had been detained that night, and he also apologized to his family, the team and its fans in that release. Soto had been on the disabled list throughout the 2014 season and was with the team's double-A affiliate in Frisco for rehabilitation; he was scheduled to return to the major leagues later in the year.

Soto was charged with possession of less than two ounces of marijuana and later released on a bail of $500. The Rangers stated that the team was aware of the situation and that Major League Baseball had been notified, but offered no other information because the case was still in progress.

Search of Texas home reportedly turns up numerous drugs

An investigation of potential drug distribution issues at an East Texas home resulted in one man being taken into custody on July 10. According to authorities, they executed a search warrant in connection with the case and allegedly discovered drugs in the bedroom and in the house of the Appleby man. He was initially detained on charges of possession of controlled substances.

The man was booked into jail but was released on bond the following morning. The initial charges were tied to heroin, LSD, marijuana and ecstasy that were allegedly found at the scene. Authorities also report that amphetamine, morphine and methadone pills were discovered. However, there was some delay in identifying these materials. Officials expect to levy three additional counts of drug possession following the identification. They also plan to secure arrest warrants for these charges.

Convicted sex offender gets 12-year sentence for meth charge

A Texas man was sentenced to 12 years behind bars after pleading guilty to manufacturing and delivering methamphetamines. When he was arrested on Dec. 14, the 29-year-old man was also charged for unlawful possession of a firearm and failure to register as a sex offender. The San Angelo man is reportedly waiting at the Tom Green County Jail before being moved to the prison where he will complete his sentence.

When determining the man's sentence for meth manufacturing, the 391st District judge reportedly took his firearm and sex offender charges into account. According to a detective for the San Angelo police department, the man has constantly avoided his duty to register as a sex offender. The man was previously convicted of burglary and sexual assault in 2005. He served two sentences, which ran concurrently for two and five years, for those charges.

Cousins plead guilty to methamphetamine trafficking

A Texas man pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute after attempting to transport over two kilos of the drug on a Texas bus. The 35-year-old man reportedly boarded a bus in El Paso with the methamphetamines strapped to his body. At the same time, the man's cousin admittedly boarded the same bus also carrying two kilos of methamphetamine. He had previously pleaded guilty to the same charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

According to a U.S. attorney representative, the accused man would have made $1,200 if he had reached his destination of Amarillo. Instead, the man and his cousin were stopped at a checkpoint along U.S. Highway 54 and detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents. The incident took place in December of 2013.

Texas man detained on drug charges after traffic stop

Palestine police say that they detained the passenger of a vehicle for drug and weapons-related charges during a traffic stop. The officers reported that they stopped the vehicle for not displaying a license plate.

According to the police report, the officers got permission to search the vehicle after they noticed a firearm inside. They allegedly found marijuana, a substance that looked like methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia in the dashboard compartment.

Drug ring rounded up

A total of eight people were taken into custody for drug trafficking charges related to a drug ring headquartered in Texas; two were detained in May while the remaining six were held on June 25 after a seizure. The Drug Enforcement Agency reported they confiscated about 5 kilograms of cocaine, 50 grams of meth, 1 kilogram of heroin and an estimated $80,000. The eight individuals have all been charged with drug trafficking of heroin, cocaine and meth and range in age from 22 to 28. Two women were among the group that was detained.

The alleged ringleader, 27, and another man also were charged with possession of a firearm while drug trafficking. He allegedly had the weapon on Dec. 17, 2013 while the other man allegedly had two weapons on June 3. State and federal agencies cooperated in the search and seizure. The cases will be prosecuted by the U.S. District Attorney's Office, and there is no indication that state charges will be brought.

Alleged cartel members convicted in Texas

Two men accused of smuggling weapons from Texas into Mexico and marijuana from Mexico into Texas have been found guilty by a federal jury in Del Rio. The two were reportedly part of the Los Zetas Cartel operation working out of Piedras Negras, Mexico. The men will remain in federal custody until sentencing; both face potential life imprisonment. The jury announced its decision on June 20.

The men, aged 27 and 29, had purchased firearms and ammunition, including assault rifles, in San Antonio and then transported the weapons in hidden compartments in their vehicles across the Mexican border to Piedras Negras. They were also accused of moving bundles of marijuana across the Rio Grande into Quemado. Law enforcement theorized that the drugs would then be transported to stash houses in Eagle Pass and San Antonio before finally being taken to Houston and Dallas for distribution.

Police detain 2 men in Southeast Texas drug bust

Authorities reported that police took two men into custody after a drug raid at a Corpus Christi home. Reportedly, the June 20 raid took place in a country-club neighborhood at approximately 7 a.m.

Police indicated that undercover officers had been observing the residence prior to the raid on account of citizen complaints about possible drug activity there. Reportedly, a SWAT team conducted the raid, which yielded multiple types of drugs, including marijuana and cocaine.

Man detained for methamphetamine possession

A Texas man was taken into custody on suspected drug charges after he attempted to run from law enforcement personnel on June 19, according to reports. The 32-year-old was charged with felony drug manufacture, fleeing arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, expired car registration and driving without a valid license. He could be sentenced to prison for between five and 99 years and faces maximum fines of $10,000. As of June 20, he was still in custody pending the payment of $152,596 in bail.

On the day in question, authorities attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the defendant's sedan because the vehicle's registration was allegedly expired. However, a news release disseminated by the San Angelo Police Department suggests that the 32-year-old driver initially failed to stop his car and continued to drive through the neighborhood before coming to a stop.

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