There are many stories of people going to great lengths to conceal illegal drugs they are transporting. Some have altered vehicles or luggage to conceal their packages. Others have carried them on or even inside their bodies. A couple has recently been accused of taking a much different approach. Police claim the duo simply rented a trailer to transport their load of marijuana to Texas.
On Jan. 8 a Texas state trooper pulled over an SUV for a routine traffic violation. A K-9 officer was brought to the scene, and the dog reportedly alerted the police to the presence of drugs. The dog notified the officers that the scent was coming from a small U-Haul trailer the SUV had been pulling.
Upon inspection, officers claim they found 13 vacuum-sealed packages totaling 160 pounds of marijuana. There was also one 4-pound package of THC wax, a marijuana concentrate. The drugs were supposedly being transported to their Texas destination from another state where marijuana possession for recreational use is legal in smaller amounts. Police arrested the 32-year-old male driver and the 40-year-old female passenger. Both were charged with felony possession of marijuana.
Marijuana possession laws vary widely from state to state. Some states allow the recreational use of marijuana. Others allow it for medical use only. Still other states ban the possession of it for any reason. Within the states that allow marijuana possession, there are also variations in how much one is allowed to have and where it is allowed to be.
With such varying laws regarding marijuana from one state to the next, it is understandable that travelers may become confused and find themselves accidentally breaking the law in jurisdictions they travel through. Often people forget that the laws at their destination may be different from those at home. When someone traveling through Texas gets arrested for making such a mistake, the first thing he or she should do is contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. A Texas attorney will be familiar with the state’s laws and practices and will be able to provide the accused the help needed to minimize the repercussions of a simple thoughtless mistake that could possibly be quite severe.