A police bust has resulted in an arrest in Harris County where a 39-year-old woman is facing serious charges. Texas police arrested the woman following a search of her home that allegedly revealed the presence of drugs and paraphernalia. The woman now faces drug possession charges and possible jail time if she is found guilty.
According to the police report, investigators searched the woman's house on Sept. 21, though it was not clarified whether they had received a warrant for this search. When they entered her residence in Bacliff, they say they found nearly 8 ounces of what they believe to be cocaine. They also found 35 grams of what appeared to be crack, several handguns and an assault rifle believed to be stolen, an allegedly stolen vehicle and just over $8,000 in cash.
The woman was arrested on-site and was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. She also faces felony possession of a firearm charges for the guns found on her premises. She was remanded to the Harris County Jail and her bond was set at $30,000. At last report, she was apparently still in custody and awaiting a court date.
Drug possession charges, when they involve an accusation of intent to distribute, can be harrowing charges to face in court. The Texas woman could face years in jail if she is found guilty, which is one reason why the burden of proof rests on the prosecution to prove her intent, along with each element of the crimes charged. Defense representation will likely wish to examine the warrant, if any, as well as the full record of the investigation and arrest, to assess whether the woman's rights were observed throughout the process and whether law enforcement operated within the strict guidelines set out by state law to protect the rights of individuals.
Source: cw39.com, "Deputies: Cocaine, firearms, cash seized from accused drug dealer's house in Bacliff", Ciara Rouege, Sept. 22, 2017