Allegations of drug crimes in Longview and across Texas can lead to major penalties and an extended jail term if there is a conviction. The amount of drugs that the person allegedly has in his or her possession will dictate the level of charges and whether it will be a matter of the person having a drug that is for personal use or low-level sale or is for a larger-scale operation of drug trafficking. Many of these arrests start with a traffic violation and a vehicle stop and search.
A 42-year-old man was arrested on several drug charges after a traffic stop for speeding. The incident occurred in the afternoon shortly before 1 p.m. An officer made the stop and stated that there was a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. There were also remnants of marijuana on the passenger seat. After a search, the officer claimed to have found approximately 300 Xanax, two pounds of marijuana, material to package the substances and digital scales. The driver was arrested and later posted bond.
Since drugs are viewed in such a negative light in Texas, law enforcement is constantly on the lookout for people who might be involved with them. That can be as a trafficker, distributer, dealer or user. When the arrest is made after a traffic stop, it is imperative that the person remember that they have rights. For example, the search must be done according to the law. If it is not, this could be the basis to have any evidence accrued during that search to be ruled inadmissible. There are many other alternatives to deal with a drug arrest.
A man’s vehicle was stopped by law enforcement after he was said to have been speeding. During the investigation, drugs and drug paraphernalia were found and the man was arrested. With the possibility of harsh penalties including jail time and fines that accompany drug crimes, it is important to have a solid defense strategy in place to counter such charges and preserve your rights.