Last Thursday, Dallas police officers seized over 100 pounds of methamphetamine. The narcotics offers had performed a routine traffic stop on a man they suspected of selling methamphetamine. When they searched his vehicle, they found over 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine. After officers made the stop, they secured a search warrant for the suspect’s home. When they searched the home, they found over 100 additional pounds of meth.
Law Enforcement Have Made Several Large Drug Busts
Law enforcement officers have arrested the suspect and taken him into custody. In April, officers from the Dallas Narcotics Division arrested another suspect after they found 34.5 kilograms of methamphetamine while searching his vehicle. Narcotics divisions often use traffic stops as a way to search the vehicles of suspects for drugs in their vehicles.
Illegal Search and Seizures
When law enforcement officers engage in an illegal search and seizure, defendants can ask the court to toss out any evidence gathered from those illegal searches. If you are facing drug trafficking charges in Dallas, it is important to contact a skilled defense lawyer as soon as possible. At the Abel Law Firm, we will investigate all of the circumstances of the search conducted by law enforcement to see if they engaged in an illegal search and seizure.
Facing Drug Trafficking Charges in Texas
Under Texas law, you can be faced with drug trafficking charges for manufacturing, delivering, or possessing certain illegal drugs with the intent to deliver those drugs. Depending on the amount of drugs in your possession, prosecutors will not even need to prove that you intended to distribute the drugs to charge you with drug trafficking. For example, If you possess a large amount of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, you can face drug trafficking charges.
The seriousness of the drug charges and the penalties depend on the type of illegal substance. Under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, there are four groups or categories of illegal drugs. Marijuana is in its own category of drugs. Group 1 drugs are the most addictive and dangerous drugs, including the following:
The Penalties for Drug Trafficking Methamphetamine in Texas
Possession of less than one gram of meth carries a fine of up to $10,000 and up to two years in prison. Possession of four to 199 grams of methamphetamine carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. If you possess 400 or more grams of meth, you will be charged with an “enhanced” first-degree felony crime, with a sentence of a $10,000 fine and a prison sentence of between 10 to 99-years in prison. When a prosecutor can prove intent to distribute, you will face similar severe penalties.
Contact a Dallas Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Today
If you are facing drug trafficking charges, our lawyers can help. Contact our Dallas criminal defense law firm today to schedule your initial consultation. We can help you develop a strategic legal defense.