A state trooper suspected the presence of drugs in a 2008 Chrysler sedan during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 59 in Angelina County. The trooper based the suspicion on a conversation with the 28-year-old male driver. After requesting the support of a police drug dog, a search of the vehicle ensued.
On June 22, 13 people appeared in a West Texas federal courthouse on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. The charges stem from raids conducted by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Texas Department of Publish Safety and Brownfield police. Multiple locations in the cities of Lubbock, Terry County, Brownfield and Meadow were searched during the raids.
Fifty-seven Texas white supremacist members have been charged with crimes related to drug trafficking and kidnapping conspiracy according to federal authorities. Of the defendants charged, 42 were arrested in late April, 9 of them were already in custody for unrelated crimes, and 6 are still at large. The charges were announced on April 30.
Texas police made two methamphetamine busts when K-9 officers sniffed out the presence of drugs during traffic stops. The incidents took place on May 5 and May 9.
On May 3, Texas authorities took a father and son into custody after accusing them of transporting a large amount of marijuana and cash. The arrest occurred after authorities received a tip about potentially suspicious activity in a San Marcos apartment complex.
On April 24, police arrested three Texas residents on drug possession charges. One of the defendants is a former high school principal.
Three people in Amarillo were taken into custody on drug charges on April 24, including the former principal of Sunray High School. Police in Amarillo came to a hotel on Western Plaza Drive after hearing complaints of trespassers in the area at around 2:30 a.m.
A routine traffic stop in Texas on the afternoon of April 6 led to the discovery of 14 pounds of marijuana along with quantities of ecstasy and the opioids Hydrocodone and Oxycodone according to a report from the Nacogdoches Police Department. A 26-year-old Mississippi man has been taken into custody in connection with the drug haul. Initial reports indicate that the man was being detained at the Nacogdoches County Jail.
On April 4, Texas authorities arrested a father and son on suspicion of dealing drugs from their home. The incident occurred in Richmond.
The national rate of exonerations in criminal cases has dropped along with the number of exonerations in Texas, particularly in Harris County. The county was home to a number of criminal exonerations over the years after testing showed that a number of defendants convicted of drug charges were actually innocent. While the county has continued to sort through past cases, it has found fewer wrongful convictions in recent years as many of the highest-priority cases were previously addressed.