One of the duties of law enforcement agencies across the country, including here in Texas, is investigating the manufacture, sale and distribution of illegal substances. Investigations into alleged drug crimes can last for months, and those under scrutiny may not be aware of it until officers and investigators arrive at their doors with a search warrant. By that time, authorities often believe they have the evidence needed in order to make an arrest.
Recently, police conducted an investigation that supposedly led to the seizure of a variety of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Specifically, police report that the search resulted in the seizure of 2.4 pounds of methamphetamine valued at around $110,300, more than one digital scale and other drug paraphernalia. Police took seven people into custody on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine, among other things. Some of the individuals were arrested for trafficking, manufacturing and possession. Others face charges for possession of other drugs such as marijuana.
The Cooke County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics on the investigation. Allegedly, at least some of the individuals involved engaged in drug trafficking in both Texas and southern Oklahoma. Authorities say that more people could face charges in the near future.
Regardless of the circumstances, anyone facing charges for drug crimes retains his or her constitutional rights. Our criminal justice system is based on the presumption that everyone is innocent until and unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. For this reason, it is vital that anyone face these or other criminal charges take advantage of his or her right to an attorney in order to help ensure the protection of the individual’s rights and to explore all of the available options when it comes to mounting a defense.