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Texas mobile home search allegedly leads to cocaine discovery

Police in North Austin claim that after inspecting a man's residence on Oct. 15, they discovered more than 40 pounds of cocaine. According to reports, an investigation was reportedly prompted after authorities allegedly observed people trafficking drugs in Dessau Road's Branch Creek mobile home community. In addition to the Austin Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Texas Department of Public Safety were involved in the investigation.

Police reportedly received permission to search a 26-year-old's mobile home through a Spanish translator. In the home, the police allege that they found multiple packets of cocaine enclosed in wrappers inside some clothing and cardboard boxes. The man now faces a first-degree felony indictment for possessing controlled substances.

14 pounds of meth seized during traffic stop

Two people were sent to jail after a traffic stop in the Texas Panhandle allegedly yielded 14 pounds of methamphetamine. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the drugs were seized after a state trooper stopped a 2015 Kia Sorento for a traffic violation on eastbound Interstate 40.

Both of the occupants of the vehicle, ages 27 and 36, were transported to Carson County Jail. They are each facing a first-degree felony charge for possession of a controlled substance. DPS claims that the Oklahoma City residents were bringing methamphetamines back to the city after picking the drugs up in Phoenix. They were stopped near the city of Conway.

Narcotics seizure results in 2 arrests

The Liberty County's Sheriff Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Sept. 23 and took two people into custody for drug-related charges. The narcotics search and seizure targeted a home on Highway 321 in Dayton, Texas. The Criminal Interdiction Unit reports that they decided to search the house after they received several complaints about narcotics sold from the location. Police claim that they conducted an extensive investigation and discovered evidence to support the allegations.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the 35-year-old male homeowner and a 30-year-old woman inside the residence. The deputies say that they recovered $2,550 in counterfeit bills, more than $2,600 in cash, 65 hydrocodone pills, 44 Xanax pills, 101 Soma pills, 73 grams of marijuana and 15 Ecstasy pills. The sheriff's department says that the homeowner was printing counterfeit money from the house, and law enforcement say that counterfeit bills may be in circulation in the Dayton area.

Changes in law for misdemeanor marijuana possession

Working with local law enforcement, a Texas district attorney has announced that from Oct. 6, her county will allow some first-time offenders who are detained for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana an opportunity to avoid prosecution. Individuals in Harris County who do not have a criminal record will be able to choose between eight hours of community service and course on drug awareness.

The six-month pilot program may later be expanded to cover other non-violent offenses related to drug possession. However, the current district attorney, Republican Devon Anderson, faces re-election in November, and her challenger, Democrat Kim Ogg, proposed a more expanded version of the program in August.

Texas man pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges

A 35-year-old man from Longview pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana before a U.S. magistrate judge on Oct. 2. The court has not yet set a sentencing date, but the man could receive up to life in federal prison.

The Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating the case, and an assistant U.S. Attorney is prosecuting it. This case was the result of a joint investigation with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, whose mission is to identify and stop the most serious drug trafficking, money laundering and money trafficking organizations.

Man admits he was transporting cocaine across state lines

On Sept. 24, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper reportedly discovered almost 40 pounds of cocaine in a 58-year-old man's car. Before he was handed the drug distribution charges, the Arizona man was pulled over on Interstate 40 for allegedly driving over the speed limit.

According to the trooper, a conversation with the accused man led him to believe that the man might be involved in criminal activities. A background check was then run, and the trooper discovered that the man was wanted in Florida for an outstanding warrant. The man then reportedly gave his consent for the trooper to conduct a search of his vehicle.

Accused drug distribution ring leader sentenced

On Sept. 24, a judge in Texas sentenced the alleged leader of a methamphetamine distribution ring to serve 270 months in prison, or about 22.5 years. The 44-year-old man was reportedly the last of eight co-defendants to be sentenced by a Dallas federal court judge for charges from a January 2013 indictment. As the purported leader of the drug conspiracy, the accused man received the longest prison sentence.

Before they were handed the drug distribution charges, alleged members of the North Texas drug ring were the subjects of an investigation by the FBI and other departments. Authorities obtained much of the information about the group's drug activities through audio recordings of the accused man. The wiretap that was used apparently recorded the man as he discussed narcotics transactions with other members of the group.

Texas man detained for allegedly growing marijuana plants

On Sept. 15, a 24-year-old man from Paris, Texas, was taken into custody for possession of controlled substances. It was reported by police that the man was seen carrying a large military knife and a jar of marijuana as he walked around the vicinity of the 1800 block of NW Loop 286.

According to the sources, the man admitted to police the day after his detainment that he grew the marijuana in his apartment and gave them permission to search the premises. When police searched the man's residence in the 1600 block of NW Loop 286, they found over 30 marijuana plants and equipment to cultivate them. The man also had firearms in his apartment. He now faces additional drug possession charges.

8th marijuana ring defendant in Texas pleads guilty

The eighth defendant in a money-laundering and marijuana distribution ring pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court. Reports suggest that he was allegedly part of a ring that transported drugs from Texas to Virginia over a 3-year period.

According to court documents, the defendant made contact with the alleged drug ring in 2009 when he purchased marijuana from a man in New Market, Virginia. Reports claim that he became involved in drug distribution when he started purchasing the marijuana and sold what he did not use to others. According to reports, the man's father also participated in illegal activity, delivering the marijuana to Virginia in a commercial vehicle. Official documents suggest that the defendant typically bought the marijuana at $1,000 to $1,100 per pound.

Chemistry teacher's home raided by SWAT team

A married couple in Texas was charged for drug possession after a Montgomery County SWAT team raided their home on Sept. 12. According to police, the woman was a chemistry teacher at Oak Ridge High School and Lone Star College. Her backpack allegedly contained several ingredients for creating "date-rape drugs."

During the search of the couple's home, authorities claim they discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and several different prescription drugs as well. A loaded firearm was also reportedly found at the residence. As a result of the search, the woman was charged for drug possession with intent to deliver and manufacture a controlled substance. Her husband faces charges for possession of a controlled substance, aggravated possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of a firearm.

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