On Sept. 8, a Texas man was taken into custody after he was accused of transporting cocaine between Austin and Houston. Authorities had reportedly known about the 38-year-old man and had been receiving information about his role in a potential drug trafficking organization for some time.
According to the arrest affidavit, the drugs were brought into the country through Houston and were then transported to Austin for the purpose of being distributed. During an investigation, the authorities reportedly learned that the accused man was at the center of the alleged drug trafficking operation. They eventually took him into custody when he stopped at a Bastrop gas station and entered a convenience store.
After taking him into custody, the police conducted a search of the vehicle. Inside, they reportedly found a suitcase that contained about 11 kilograms of cocaine that had been wrapped in tape and tinfoil. The street value of the drugs was estimated to be about $300,000. The man was taken to Travis County Jail where he was being held on a $500,000 bond.
Texas authorities have been cracking down on drug activity of all kinds. Depending on the drug charges a person could be facing, the penalties if a conviction is obtained could be severe. In some cases, a person accused of trafficking drugs could face a prison sentence that could last decades. A criminal law attorney could mount an investigation into the case to determine whether or not the authorities followed proper procedures when taking an accused person into custody. This includes having probable cause to search a vehicle or other property.
Source: KXAN, “Austin police discover $300,000 worth of cocaine in drug bust”, Rosemond Crown, Sept. 9, 2017