Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas
Did you know that about
90 percent of the meth in Texas is smuggled across the border from Mexico? Mexican
drug cartels have been the primary manufacturers of meth for years now.
There have been small labs that produce meth as well here in the states,
but the majority is smuggled across the border from Mexico. This addictive
drug has now become a rising fatality in Texas, with more and more people
“Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is
chemically similar to amphetamine.” Meth is normally taken in by smoking or injecting, which leads to the
brain faster, creating and immediate euphoria. Because of this quick “high”
most people take repeated dosages leading to a crash.
According to the DEA, the average domestic drug seizure for methamphetamine
in 2012 was 3,898 kilograms. In correlation there appears to be an increase
in meth use and in meth labs here in Texas than any other year. In 2012,
there were a total of 32 reported meth lab incidents.
According to the Texas Health and Safety Code, it is illegal to consume
or dispense drugs without a prescription. With Texas being a border state,
punishments for drug crimes are very strict. According to the
DEA, drugs are divided into separate schedules depending on their effects.
Schedule one groups are drugs that have no prescription use and are most
often abused. These drugs are also the most dangerous of them all. Drugs
that fall under this group are Heroine, LSD, Marijuana, and Peyote. Schedule
two drugs are drugs that are abused but not quite as often as schedule
one drugs. Some examples of schedule one drugs are Cocaine, Methamphetamine,
Methadone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Adderall and Ritalin. Schedules
three for and five are all moderate to low levels of abuse drugs.
Consequences for schedule one and two drugs go as follow: Less than one gram is a state
jail felony, and has a minimum punishment of 180 days and a maximum punishment
of 2 years in a state facility, along with a fine up to $10,000. One to
three grams of a schedule one or two drug is a 3rd degree felony and has
a minimum punishment of two years and a maximum punishment of 1o years
in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a fine up to $10,000.
Four to 200 grams of a schedule one or two drugs is a 2nd degree felony
and has a minimum punishment of two years and a maximum punishment of
20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, along with a fine
up to $10,000. A person caught with 200 or more grams of a scheduled one
or two drugs will be charged with a 1st degree felony an will suffer a
minimum punishment of five years and a maximum of 99 years or life in
the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. An individual will also pay
a fine up to $10,000.
As statistics reflect, Texas has seen a drastic increase in methamphetamine
(crystal meth) addictions and has also become one of the leading states
for transshipments being smuggled from Mexico. Methamphetamine is a very
unforgiving drug with devastating consequences and has reached all of
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*Tim Powers is an attorney licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court
of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For
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