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Drug crimes can involve possession and transportation

Being accused of a crime involving possession or trafficking of drugs in Texas is very serious. Individuals who are accused of drug possession or drug trafficking crimes can find their reputations damaged. They can also face severe penalties. For that reason, it is critical for anyone facing such accusations to secure qualified and experienced representation in the form of an attorney who has successfully worked with the issues specific to drug crimes before.

One recent drug crime in the news involved someone originally brought to the attention of authorities by way of a car accident. The man involved, a former Mexican police officer, was driving in a 2007 Ford Explorer SUV on Interstate 40 and almost hit the vehicle a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety was in. The trooper, confronting the man about that, became very suspicious of the man and asked to search his vehicle.

Interestingly, the man agreed. The search of the SUV revealed 33 individual bundles comprising about 72 pounds of a substance that was originally presumed to be cocaine. The substance was confiscated and subjected to comprehensive chemical analysis testing at a laboratory. That testing determined that the substance was actually fentanyl.

Fentanyl is synthetic opioid. Texas, like most states, has a serious problem with opioid users. Fentanyl is often combined by drug dealers with hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, MDMA and methamphetamine. Naturally, authorities are eager to crack down on its distribution.

Under questioning, the man said that he had brought the drug from California and was taking it to Florida. He said that he had been paid $6,000 to transport it, and had done the same thing on a previous occasion.

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