What makes for good TV may not mirror real life. If police and crime scene investigation shows were to be believed, criminal deeds are happening behind our neighbors' doors. In reality, most people's day-to-day lives are filled with work, family and household chores.
For that reason, residents in a Texas town were surprised when authorities made a drug bust in their neighborhood. Neighbors witnessed police using smoke bombs and knocking out a door and windows to gain entry to a house. The police claim to have found more than 2 pounds of marijuana, 100 grams of hydrocodone pills, 20 grams of crack cocaine, 30 grams of powder cocaine and almost 2 pounds of black tar heroin. Authorities arrested a man and a woman inside the house and confiscated the drugs, as well as a truck and a garbage can, for evidence. Police state they are still investigating the situation and anticipate more arrests will be made.
Drug charges in Texas carry heavy penalties and life changing consequences for convicted defendants. A conviction for any drug charge can result in a 6 month driver's license suspension, at minimum. If convicted, the charges and penalties for drug possession vary by drug type and quantity. Penalties range in severity from 180 days to 2 years in state jail, and 5 to 99 years in prison, often with a minimum $10,000 fine. For charges involving multiple drug types, a separate charge can be brought for each drug.
Despite the severity of the accusations against the arrested man and woman in this story, readers must remember that an arrest does not equate to a guilty verdict. All defendants are entitled to a presumption of innocence and a day in court. A strong criminal defense might mitigate the couple's drug charges.
Source: kristv.com, "Drug Bust Surprises Neighbors," Mia Gordon, July 15, 2012
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