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Alleged Texas gang member detained in apartment search

Montgomery County sheriff's deputies say that they detained a known gang member and a woman on Dec. 10 following the raid of a Conroe apartment. Officials executed a search warrant at the residence as part of an ongoing investigation involving the Aryan Brotherhood, which is a prison gang, and drug trafficking.

Deputies say that, during the search, they found packages containing a total of 1,000 grams of alleged methamphetamine, $3,100 cash, a semi-automatic pistol and an assault rifle. In addition to these items, authorities reportedly confiscated drug ledgers, digital scales, computers and an electronic money counter.

Missing woman's boyfriend detained in federal drug investigation

The Dallas Police Department reports that a man was detained in connection with a federal drug investigation on Dec. 7. The 23-year-old man was one of 14 others who police say were dealing drugs at a Northwest Dallas nightclub. The drug sting and the man's incarceration were reportedly unrelated to his girlfriend's earlier disappearance.

A covert investigation was launched over the summer when a 19-year-old girl died at the Eternal Eden Afterhours nightclub because of a drug overdose. Detectives say that drugs were being sold, purchased and consumed regularly at the nightclub and another in the same building.

Woman faces multiple drug charges after trespassing incident

A Texas woman was taken into custody on Dec. 8 after police allegedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia in her possession. The incident began when police in Odessa responded to the Sahara Motel after receiving a report about criminal trespassing. When officers arrived at the motel on East Second Street, they spotted a 34-year-old woman in a pickup truck who matched the description they had been given of the alleged trespasser.

When police approached the woman, they saw something sticking out from under her shirt. According to investigators, the accused woman had several different items in her possession at the time including 10 crack rocks, a bag of methamphetamine and a bag of cocaine. Police also allege that the woman was in possession of suspected drug paraphernalia and items used for the manufacture of illegal substances.

Synthetic marijuana sting nets 3

On Dec. 3, authorities announced that three Texas residents who had been taken into custody are facing federal drug charges as a result of a major sting operation, termed "Pin the Tail on the Dragon" by law enforcement officials. The three individuals, a 42-year-old man, a 39-year-old man and his 36-year-old wife, have been accused of multiple offenses, including conspiring to distribute a controlled substance.

The United States Attorney for the East District of Texas alleged that the three individuals sold synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia at a store named Glass Dragon.

Criminal defense for meth-related charges

With the use of methamphetamines becoming increasingly prevalent in Texas, law enforcement officials are working harder to detain and charge individuals suspected of meth-related crimes, and prosectors aggressively prosecute the cases. At the Shapiro Law Firm, we help people who are facing methamphetamine-related criminal charges to achieve the best possible outcome in their case.

It's important to note that all meth-related charges are considered felonies. Individuals accused of manufacturing or delivering meth may potentially be handed a first-degree felony charge with the possibility of substantial jail time. Because we understand the high stakes faced by our clients, we vigorously dispute every methamphetamine charge, employing our insight, experience and resources to help avoid a conviction.

Marijuana penalties in Texas

The state of Texas takes possession of marijuana seriously. Even those who are found to be in possession of under 2 ounces of the drug potentially face a jail sentence and expensive fine. The penalties can become even more severe depending the amount of marijuana the person was caught with or if they were found in possession of concentrates.

The penalties for marijuana possession in Texas are straightforward. Possession of less than 2 ounces is considered a Class B misdemeanor, with penalties that include a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Possession of 2 to 4 ounces of marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor. Any amount between 4 ounces to 5 pounds is considered to be a state jail penalty. Possession of 5 to 50 pounds is a third degree felony while 50 to 2000 pounds is a second degree felony. Anyone found in possession of more than 2000 pounds potentially faces life in prison.

Texas drug bust implicates white supremacy group

North Texas authorities report that a joint operation recovered over 16 pounds of methamphetamines from several local white supremacist organizations recently. Authorities took 37 members of these organizations into custody for their alleged involvement in a far-reaching North Texas meth ring. Thirty-two of these individuals are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations teamed up with local Dallas, Mesquite, Rockwall and Garland police departments to uncover the meth ring. Individuals charged in the case are members or associates of several white supremacist groups including the Aryan Circle, the Irish Mob, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the Dirty White Boys. Two of those were charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Five total firearms were recovered by investigators.

3 charged with felony money laundering

A traffic stop in Texas has led to felony money laundering charges against two individuals and the alleged discovery of a residence with a large amount of marijuana and in cash in it. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Gang Intelligence Unit has released information indicating that a homeowner from Conroe has been taken into custody pursuant to the evidence found in his apartment.

At 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 12, police officers pulled over a vehicle on the 17000 block of Acapulco Road in Conroe. During the course of the traffic stop, the officers found $30,000 in cash. An investigation provided them with evidence sufficient that the police felt it appropriate to take the men into custody and charge them with felony money laundering.

Do drug possession penalties increase if I was in a school zone?

Under Texas state law, the penalties are increased for criminal convictions for possession of certain controlled substances if the offenses occurred within a drug-free zone. The increased penalties vary according to which section of the penal code is violated and the location where the offense is committed. In all cases, any punishment increased by the court due to violation of Section 481.134's drug-free zones cannot run concurrently with the punishment for any other criminal conviction.

Under state law, if someone is found guilty of possessing more than a gram of methamphetamine, a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1 under Section 481.115, his or her punishment is upgraded to the next degree if, during the punishment phase of the trial, it is proven that the defendant possessed the drugs in, on, or within 1,000 feet of an institution of higher learning, a public or private youth center or a playground. The punishment also is increased if the crime occurred in, on, or within 300 feet of the premises of a public swimming pool or video arcade facility.

What is drug trafficking and distribution?

A person in Texas could face more severe penalties if they receive a drug trafficking or distribution charge as opposed to a charge for drug possession alone. Laws about drug trafficking and distribution cover any illegal controlled substances like heroin, cocaine, marijuana or methamphetamine. Drug trafficking and distribution laws also include unlawful activities involving prescription medications.

If an individual is found to have sold, transported or imported any controlled substances, charges for drug trafficking or distribution could be a result. A person could also face these kinds of charges if police believe they had the intention to sell, transport or import controlled substances. A charge for drug trafficking and distribution is a felony with a potential prison sentence ranging from about five years to life.

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