Texas law enforcement officials have charged two people in Odessa for crimes related to drug trafficking. Both suspects were charged with drug possession with intent to distribute. Both were arrested after separate parking lot incidents.
Officers took a 38-year-old man into custody in a motel's parking area after receiving a complaint about suspicious activity at the Parkway Inn. The caller had informed police that a group of people wearing dark clothes and gloves was standing in the parking lot. One person, the tipster said, had a knife.
One witness told authorities that he had seen one member of the group throw a box behind him as police arrived. The arrest warrant affidavit stated police discovered a box containing 5 grams of methamphetamine and 80 plastic bags. Officers allegedly also discovered a syringe and a burnt spoon in the area where the group was reported to be standing.
The 38-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He remains in the Ector County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.
The second arrest also stemmed from activity that took place in a parking lot in Odessa. Police have taken a 35-year-old East Ninth Street woman into custody for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Documents say the woman was discovered sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot along East Eighth Street in February.
Authorities say she consented to a search of her 1996 Suzuki. The search produced what authorities initially believed was 10 grams of cocaine. Lab results from the Texas Department of Public Safety disputed the amount found. The lab confirmed only 6 grams, some of which officers said were broken down into "rocks" commonly used in drug sales.
These two arrests for drug possession show that Texas authorities are not joking around when it comes to drug crimes. One thing to take from these arrests is that it is important to understand your rights before talking to police. If caught in a situation like the Odessa woman, you do not have to allow police to search your home or vehicle. Exercising your right to remain silent may also be in your best interests. Experienced Texas defense attorneys are familiar with the complexities of drug crimes cases and may be helpful in determining the best approach to take.
Source: Odessa American, "Odessa police make drug-delivery arrests," Sept. 19, 2011