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Texas man pleads not guilty to federal drug charges

A Texas man was ordered remanded without bond on Oct. 29 after entering a not guilty plea to federal drug charges that included possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Media accounts indicate that the man was brought into custody by members of the Waco Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit after quantities of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered during a search of his home.

According to a WPD report, the man became the focus of a narcotics investigation when a DEU officer learned on Sept. 27 that he planned to sell several pounds of marijuana that he had stored at his residence. The officer then worked until Oct. 26 to gather the evidence needed to establish probable cause and obtain a search warrant. However, initial media accounts did not reveal the nature of the evidence that convinced a 54th District Court judge to approve the search.

DEU and SWAT officers claim that the man attempted to flee the scene on foot when they arrived to execute the search warrant. The ensuing search is said to have led to the seizure of 10.47 ounces of pills thought to contain MDMA or ecstasy and methamphetamine. Officers say the amount of narcotics recovered suggests that the man sold rather than used drugs. Undisclosed amounts of marijuana, crack cocaine, MDMA and promethazine were also allegedly discovered along with a firearm and a pill press.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys will generally study search warrants carefully when their clients are accused of committing serious drug crimes. These cases often hinge on the evidence discovered during searches, but this evidence may be considered inadmissible if police officers mislead the judges who sign search warrant applications or step beyond the strict boundaries they lay down.

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