It’s no secret that Texas treats drug crimes harshly. We hear stories about big drug busts and long jail sentences on the news every day. But every real-life story teaches us something we need to know about drug crimes in Texas and how to interact with the police if you’re suspected of a crime. Here are two of the wildest drug crime stories we’ve seen in Texas in 2022.
1. Traffic Stop Becomes History-Making Drug Bust
A traffic stop on November 30, 2022, on Highway 77 in Nueces County turned into the largest liquid fentanyl drug bust in U.S. history. During a search of the suspect’s car, deputies discovered $6,700 in cash under the floorboards and a suspicious bolt in the rear floorboard that fed into the car’s gas tank. According to Mike Tamez with the Nueces County District Attorney’s Criminal Interdiction Unit, “During the search, we located a compartment built in the gas tank of this vehicle, and inside the gas tank was a modified tank which had roughly 25 pounds or 3 gallons of liquid fentanyl.”
This case is a good reminder that you should never consent to a search of your car during a routine traffic stop. If the police want to search your car, make them get a warrant. If they don’t have probable cause, a judge is unlikely to grant them one.
2. Suspect Admits to Transporting $490,000 Worth of Drugs
In July, federal authorities began investigating a suspect and found $470,000 worth of methamphetamine in his home. In November, officials received a tip that he was headed to the Panhandle from Houston and believed to be carrying a large amount of meth. They intercepted him during a traffic stop.
After his arrest, the suspect admitted that he knew he was transporting methamphetamine and producing it. Remember that it’s rarely in your best interests to talk to the police after an arrest. You only have to provide basic information like your name. Make sure you ask for your lawyer right away.
You Need an Experienced Texas Criminal Attorney
If you’re facing charges for a drug crime, you need skilled legal help immediately. Attorney Kenneth Mullen is an experienced Texas defense lawyer who has been defending Texans accused of drug crimes for years, and he can help you too. Call The Law Office of Kenneth W Mullen PC at 817-341-4848 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.
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