Like other states, Texas has its share of drug problems. For decades, law enforcement has been trying to get addictive substances off the streets, but the drug trade continues to be an issue. Often, those accused of selling or possessing drugs are also charged with other offenses, which they may commit to pay for their habits. One weapon authorities use in fighting drug crimes is enacting harsh penalties for those convicted.
Two local men are now facing such penalties. Police executed a search warrant on a residence where they reportedly found the men along with 34 weapons, including high-powered rifles and other firearms, some of which were allegedly stolen. The search also apparently revealed jewelry, tools and musical instruments. However, the charges the men face are for the controlled substances police claim were in the house.
Police charged both men with possession of controlled substances. The 32-year-old man was held on a $300,000 bond, but because the 44-year-old man had warrants for drug charges in another county, his bond was set at $1.5 million. It is likely authorities will file more charges since police say the men are suspects in thefts and burglaries in multiple counties. In fact, the search warrant for their residence was executed by numerous law enforcement agencies and U.S. Marshals.
Facing charges for drug crimes is nothing to take lightly. These men may be looking at spending many years in prison if a court convicts them. Anyone in Texas who is facing criminal charges would do well to seek legal advice. A criminal defense attorney can examine the evidence, including any search warrants, to determine whether the rights of the accused were violated and to address any irregularities discovered in court.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Dickinson theft and burglary bust nets 34 firearms, drugs", Dana Guthrie, June 6, 2017