On June 13, a 32-year-old man was sentenced in Texas on charges of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The man must pay more than $46,000 in restitution and was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison.
The charges were related to an incident that occurred on March 30, 2017. The man was in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation, and the officer ran passenger IDs through a database and called for a canine unit. The database returned the result that the man might be wanted on an out-of-state burglary warrant.
The officer performed a vehicle search and allegedly found a bag of prescription pills in their bottles. Arkansas police had been pursuing burglaries at two Little Rock Walgreens, and one of them occurred the previous night. Based on Walgreens records, the pills in the car were those stolen in the most recent robbery. There were more than 6,000 oxycodone pills in all. In September 2017, the man was indicted. The Nacodoches County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration participated in the investigation.
Drug-related charges are serious, but people who are facing them should not automatically assume they must plead guilty or agree to a plea bargain. They may want to talk to an attorney first about their options. For example, an attorney may want to look into whether the officers in a case had permission to do a search. Illegally obtained evidence might be thrown out and could put the entire case in jeopardy. An attorney might also look at whether a person's rights were observed when taken into custody.
Source: East Texas Matters, "Houston man sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking," Sue Necessary, June 13, 2018