Drug free zones have been established in Texas and around the nation in efforts to protect children from exposure to the sale or use of drugs. Many locations, such as schools, pools or malls, are designated as drug free zones. If someone is arrested and convicted for drug crimes in one of these areas, the penalties are much more severe. Five people have recently been arrested for selling drugs in a drug free zone, according to the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force.
A search warrant was executed by Task Force officers along with others from the Richmond Police Department and Fort Bend Regional SWAT. Police allegedly found numerous drugs in the search, including crack cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic cannabinoids, among others. Apparently, paraphernalia that suggested illicit substances were being manufactured, packaged and distributed was also found.
Five people were arrested on a variety of charges. A 25-year-old woman, a 39-year-old man, a 36-year old woman, a 41-year-old man and a 38-year-old man are all being held in the Fort Bend County Jail. Their charges range from child endangerment and possession of marijuana to manufacturing delivery of a controlled substance.
Drug crimes in Texas can come with serious consequences if someone is convicted, particularly when a drug free zone is involved. When charged with this offense, it is critical to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to begin constructing a strong defense. A knowledgeable lawyer will help sort through the evidence and determine the best course of action. An attorney familiar with criminal law is best equipped to help a client minimize the negative consequences in every circumstance.
Source: Sugar Land, Tx. Patch, "5 Arrested For Selling Narcotics Near An Elementary School", Bryan Kirk, April 3, 2017