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Texas father and son face felony drug charges after traffic stop

Police in Texas say that a tip about suspicious activity at a Hays County apartment complex led to the discovery of almost 50 pounds of marijuana. Media reports indicate that a 56-year-old San Marcos man and his 22-year-old son have been taken into custody in connection with the seized drugs. Both men have been charged with money laundering and felony marijuana possession. Officials have reported that they are being held at a Hays County detention facility and their bail has been set at $18,000.

The marijuana was allegedly discovered after members of the Hays County Narcotics Task Force pulled over a blue pickup truck on East Sessom Drive in San Marcos at approximately 6:00 p.m. on May 3. The traffic stop was initiated after police had observed two men loading cardboard boxes into the vehicle outside a Craddock Avenue apartment building that had been placed under observation. Police say that a search of the pickup truck also led to the discovery of a police radio and $26,000 in cash.

Police believe that the marijuana may have been smuggled into Texas after being purchased in states that have legalized the recreational use of the drug. Reports suggest that the operation was part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking and distribution in the San Marcos area and that more arrests are likely.

The penalties for drug crimes can be severe in Texas, but proving narcotics possession, trafficking or distribution charges beyond all reasonable doubt is sometimes difficult for prosecutors even when law enforcement has provided them with seemingly compelling evidence. The outcome of these cases often hinges on the admissibility of narcotics discovered during warrantless searches, and experienced criminal defense attorneys might argue that such evidence should be suppressed if the facts indicate that strict protections guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment may have been violated.

Source: The Austin American-Statesman, Police arrest father, son in 49-pound marijuana bust in San Marcos, Mark D. Wilson, May 4, 2018

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