More than 30 states, including Texas, allow the use of some form of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. That means that more marijuana products, including cookies, gummies and brownies, are hitting the market every day. However, because the legalized pot industry is still in its infancy, much is still unknown about the potency of these products, which can be a problem for consumers who are prescribed a certain dose for pain or those who want to control their buzz.
A former Texas police officer was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on Aug. 7 for possession and conspiracy to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana. The 39-year-old man began his law enforcement career with the Starr County Sheriff's Office in 2002. At the time of his 2016 arrest, he was working as a detective with the Rio Grande City Police Department. The man would have faced a longer sentence if he had been convicted following a trial. However, he avoided that fate by entering into a plea agreement with U.S. attorneys in April 2017.
Texas readers expect police officers to uphold the laws they are charged with enforcing. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. On July 18, a former South Texas police chief was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after being convicted of multiple drug charges.
A 30-year-old Texas man faces several years in federal prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. The Panola County resident was found guilty by a jury on June 28 following a trial that lasted for two weeks. He was originally indicted along with 10 other individuals in December 2017. He was the only defendant who chose to face a jury rather than enter into a plea agreement with the prosecution.
Four people in Texas are facing drug charges after one law enforcement task force arrested them, accusing them of involvement in the cocaine trade. The four men were arrested while federal and local police agencies carried out search warrants in Amarillo. The task force is designed to target crime in specific areas of the city where police say that crime reports have significantly increased. The arrests were announced by a federal prosecutor, and the four men are being held in federal custody before their trial.
Texas police say that a tip from a concerned citizen led to the seizure of about 22 pounds of cocaine in Cameron County on the morning of June 11. Three Florida men are being held without bond in connection with the seized drugs. They have been charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
A doctor with several offices in Southwest Texas and his office manager were taken into custody by federal law enforcement on May 30 on drug trafficking, conspiracy, Medicare fraud, and identity theft charges. A 20-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury was unsealed by a U.S. District Court judge on May 31. A Val Verde County magistrate released the pair after they each posted a $50,000 bond. They face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all of the charges against them.
The deputy city manager of a major Texas metropolitan area has resigned from his position according to media reports. The man tendered his resignation after Texas Rangers and investigators from the Drug Enforcement Division of the Wichita County District Attorney's Office allegedly discovered evidence of marijuana cultivation and undisclosed quantities of the drug when they searched his Wendover Street home on May 28.
A 41-year-old Texas man was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison on May 17 on drug trafficking and money laundering charges. The man was found guilty by a jury in December 2018. U.S. attorneys convinced the jury that the man was the financier of a drug distribution network and laundered the group's money through his luxury and exotic car dealerships in Houston.
On May 21, Texas authorities organized a massive raid that hit several places in the state, including San Antonio, McAllen, Corpus Christi and Austin. According to reports, the authorities were targeting at least 30 alleged members involved in a drug-trafficking ring. It was also believed that some of these individuals were involved with the Tango Orejon gang.