The American Civil Liberties Union is taking issue with federal drug sentencing laws. Federal drug laws were suppose to punish the masterminds of drug trafficking rings but the ACLU says that these laws really end up punishing low-level offenders, most of whom are non-violent drug addicts.
The FBI recently arrested six individuals allegedly involved in a Texas drug trafficking organization that made Mexican "Ice," which is a crystallized form of methamphetamine.
A man in Texas has been sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison for drug-related charges. In addition to his prison sentence, the man has been ordered to pay a $300,000 fine.
A Texas man was sentenced to prison after he allowed law enforcement authorities to search his trucking rig during an inspection.
Several states have proposed legalizing marijuana and after last week's election, marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington. The two states are the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
The debate over the use of drug-sniffing dogs by police to search for illegal drugs continues to gain momentum. The U.S. Supreme Court is contributing to the debate and recently heard the first arguments over the legal implications of allowing drug-sniffing dogs on citizens' private property.
The increase in synthetic drugs being sold in Texas stores has led to several police investigations and enforcement efforts to stop the sale of illegal synthetic drugs. Texas police are not alone in finding it difficult to enforce synthetic drug laws.
Thousands of people are arrested for possession and distribution of illegal drugs in Texas every year. An increasing number of drug arrests are being based off postal service tips and searches. The Postal Inspection Service reported seizures of illegal narcotics that led to 1,327 arrests and 1,102 convictions in drug cases throughout the country.