On Jan. 4, it was reported that a Texas man was taken into custody in November 2017 after authorities found more than 30 bottles of promethazine and other drugs in his vehicle. The man, age 25, was originally pulled over after authorities observed him driving in an erratic manner on Lille Road in Arlington.
When authorities searched the man’s vehicle, they reportedly seized enough promethazine to make more than 4,700 bottles of cough syrup. Promethazine is used as a major ingredient in “lean” or “purple drank”, a concoction that also includes soft drinks and hard candies. The drink can be highly addictive as it contains codeine. When combined with alcohol or other drugs, the drink can be deadly.
In addition to the promethazine, officers also reportedly seized more than 3,000 Xanax pills, other unnamed drugs and cash. Police also noted that the man had marijuana in plain sight in the vehicle. Ultimately, the man was charged with two counts of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. He was also charged with possession of marijuana.
When a person is facing drug charges after being pulled over for a traffic stop, a criminal law attorney could potentially create a strong defense against the accusations. In some cases, a challenge could be made to the traffic stop itself as not being conducted with the requisite reasonable suspicion. If successful, it is possible that any evidence seized as a result of the resulting search could be deemed inadmissible. This could possibly result in the charges being dropped and the case dismissed.
Source: Dallas Patch, “Man Arrested In Arlington With $30,000 Worth Of Drugs, Cash“, Payton Potter, Jan. 4, 2018