Be careful who your neighbor's are. A neighborhood tip lead to a recent drug bust in Texas, where over $1 million worth of drugs were found along with many illegal immigrants.
Police officials said that a neighbor called law enforcement authorities to report that there was a suspicious vehicle near her home. When police officers showed up at the house, three individuals tried to escape from the house but police took them into custody.
Police then entered the house the suspects left from and found illegal immigrants as well as illegal drugs and a gun. Police reportedly found methamphetamine and a small amount of cocaine in the house.
Law enforcement officials said that three men were taken into custody on suspicion of illegal drug activities. The other suspected illegal immigrants were sent to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.
Police officers are trained to look for any suspicious activity, especially when a citizen calls in a potential tip. When police suspect illegal activity, they don't always need a search warrant to enter someone's home, depending on the circumstances.
Cases like this one can be complicated since it is difficult to tell who is involved in any illegal drug activity and who may just be staying at the house. How did the police know who to take into custody? The three men were taken into custody because they were trying to get away from the police. Other people may find themselves under arrest if they are found in a home or vehicle where illegal drugs have been found.
Individuals who have been arrested for suspected drug crimes should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can protect their rights and defend if they are charged with a drug crime.
Source: Chron, "Neighbor's tip leads to stash house, $1 million in drugs," Dale Lezon, Feb. 7, 2013
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