The lawsuit of a prison inmate will make a rare appearance before a state Supreme Court on a question of illegal search and seizure. Like Texas, California's state Supreme Court only hears cases of particular interest; out of 8,000 annual petitions, only 75 are heard each year. This particular case involves the seizure of evidence related to drug manufacturing from the inmate's former home during a search which was consented to by his then live-in girlfriend.
A 37-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man were arrested on drug charges on April 19 after police reportedly found over $33,000 worth of drugs in a Texas City home. When police searched the home, they discovered more than 106 grams of marijuana with a street value of $2,650 and 753.24 grams of synthetic marijuana valued at $22,590. They also found nearly 90 grams of cocaine valued at $8,900.It was unclear what the relationship was between the man and woman. Police did not state the reason for the search. The pair were charged with drug manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. They were also charged with possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone because the home is located near a high school.
Two men have filed a claim in federal court against county and state agencies that alleges a Texas law enforcement officer recently had them arrested for 39 days without going through the proper legal procedures. Authorities seized about $14,000 that belonged to the men. Although it is unconfirmed, authorities may have suspected that the men were involved in drug manufacturing. The Spanish-speaking men claimed they had sold a vehicle for $9,000 and were travelling to a car dealership to purchase a different car on March 31, 2011. The men said they also had a loan and additional money, totaling $14,000, to buy the car. A state trooper stopped them on the way to the dealership, asked for their driver's licenses and then asked if his dog could search the car. The occupants agreed and no contraband was found.
On Feb. 27, Palestine law enforcement answered a call about illegal dumping but took a man into custody for drug crimes instead. Officials will release no further information about the individual, however, until the arraignment. The subject was arrested for several offenses, including drug manufacture of a Penalty Group 1 substance, a first degree felony; manufacture of a controlled substance, a state jail felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor. When police responded to the call at the home on Feb. 27, they could allegedly smell marijuana and decided to request a search warrant. As the officers combed through the residence, they located substances believed to be crack-cocaine, marijuana and a variety of pills. The DPS crime lab will test the substances to determine their composition.
Charges of manufacturing illegal drugs have become more common in Texas today and a recent case represents the consequences individuals may face if they are found guilty or plead guilty to manufacturing illegal drugs. A Texas man was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for manufacturing methamphetamine while children were present.
Federal, state and local law enforcement officials say hydroponically-grown marijuana is an expensive drug that is becoming increasingly prevalent throughout Texas. More than two-dozen people in three states, who allegedly took part in the cultivation and trafficking of the drug, were recently indicted.
Police have apologized for making the mistake of arresting a Victoria, Texas, man and charging him with the manufacture of illegal substances.