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Rise of Meth in Texas- Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas

Tim Powers

Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas

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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 being affected.

“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 levels society.

If you are seeking aggressive criminal representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney for your Denton County criminal case or arrest in Denton County, contact the offices of Tim Powers today. There is no charge or obligation for the initial consultation. 940.580.2899

*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 legal advice about any specific legal question you should directly consult an attorney. Criminal Defense Lawyers with Unparalleled Passion for Success Providing Quality Representation for your Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Carrollton, Corinth, Highland Village Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Denton County, Tarrant County, Collin County, or Dallas County criminal case