Category: Drug Trafficking
When you hear the word “drug trafficker” what comes to mind?
Pablo Escobar? Nancy Botwin? El Chapo? Walter White?
If it’s all of them, you’re exactly right.
Unfortunately, the way the law is written, those types of high-level traffickers and their henchmen aren’t the only ones spending decades in prison [...]
Drug-sniffing dogs give law enforcement the ability to detect illegal drugs that would otherwise be hidden from view. For this reason, these canine officers are common at airports and international borders.
What happens if police use a drug-sniffing canine during a standard traffic stop, though? Is it legal for Texas [...]
Sentencing guidelines for Texas drug crimes are just that – guidelines. Sentencing is left to the discretion of the judge, and takes any aggravating or mitigating factors into account, together with any prior criminal history. All of these factors make up the final sentence, which for first-time offenders is typically [...]
One of the lesser-known consequences of drug crimes is the potential for civil asset forfeiture. Under this policy, police are allowed to seize property that they believe has been involved in or could potentially be used to commit a crime.
Although civil asset forfeiture can apply to any crime, it [...]
In many US states and the District of Columbia, recreational marijuana has been legalized. Many more states have legalized medical marijuana, even traditionally conservative states such as Arizona and, recently, Oklahoma.
In Texas, however, we tend to go our own way, and marijuana laws have been no exception. Despite changing [...]
Drug trafficking investigations are often lengthy operations, as infiltrating a drug trafficking ring and identifying its members is time-consuming for investigators.
Case-in-point? Eight people were recently arrested in a Coryell County drug trafficking investigation. When did it begin? In 2009.
Similarly, 21 people were recently arrested in El Paso [...]