Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies worked together over the past year to perform a series of arrests that targeted gang, drug and gun crimes in the San Antonio area. Police recently arrested seven men who were allegedly members of a local gang that was involved in drug trafficking. According to police, the men were involved with the distribution of cocaine and meth.
A three and a half year federal investigation led by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force was completed this week when 43 people joined four others that had already been arrested in a massive operation aimed at a suspected drug trafficking organization in Texas. At this time, 47 suspects are in custody and facing drug charges. Nine others have yet to be arrested. Some of those may be out of the country.
Traffic stops, although seemingly basic, can escalate and result in dangerous situations. A Texas man has been arrested following a recent eventful traffic stop that resulted in assault charges. According to police, a 45-year-old man was pulled over by a police officer on Interstate 35E. The officer claims the way the car was moving caused him to suspect the driver was intoxicated. The man driving the vehicle pulled to the side of the road, but he did not get out of the car when instructed to do so.
Drugs and other substances were divided into five schedules by the federal Food and Drug Administration. The schedule of each drug reflects its potential for abuse, potential for dependency and whether it is used for medical reasons. When someone is arrested for drug charges in Texas, the charge specifies the schedule of the drug.
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.
The number of deaths from alcohol-impaired drivers has decreased over the past 30 years, yet drunk-driving crashes still took the lives of almost 11,000 people in the United States in 2017. This continuing problem is causing one state to pass tougher laws that lower the acceptable blood alcohol content 40 percent from the current limit accepted in Texas and other states nationwide. Drivers over this limit face severe consequences from DWI charges.
The holiday season has always been the busiest time of the year for delivery companies. With the recent boom of online shopping and ecommerce, the industry's holiday business has grown exponentially, and the need for workers has grown just the same. Some workers are permanent employees, and others are seasonal. For one Texas delivery driver, his employment came to a sudden end recently after he was accused of theft. Now he finds himself focusing on his criminal defense instead of enjoying the holiday festivities.
Many of today's rap videos seem the same. In most there are a bunch of guys hanging out, usually with cars or guns being shown off, girls dancing around and money raining down. Yet another rap video was following a similar format while being filmed in a Texas park in March, and now, after months of investigation, 20 men are facing felony or misdemeanor charges related to the video.
Police have to respond to a wide variety of situations. Many will say that some of the riskiest and most unpredictable types of calls they respond to are domestic assault calls. Most of these calls are in a victim's home, where guns and other dangers may be present. Law enforcement often don't know who is in the house, what condition they are in and what other types of hidden dangers are there. Two officers responded to this type of call recently in a Texas home.
Neighbors can be a blessing as well as a pain. While some neighbors can be great about babysitting, feeding the dog or loaning that cup of sugar, other neighbors are more of a problem than a help. Some are nosy, rude or just plain weird. Someone in Texas can now blame his neighbor for leading police to almost $3 million worth of heroin, meth and fentanyl in his apartment thanks to a fire in the neighbor's home.