Harker Heights, Texas Suspect Found With Over $50K Worth of Weed
A Central Texas driver was stopped by the Itasca Police Department, and officers found 22 bundles of vacuum sealed marijuana inside the vehicle.
Each bundle contained about a pound of various strains of marijuana, according to KWTX. The driver was traveling from Oklahoma City to Harker Heights earlier this week when the discovery was made by police. The suspect was taken to Hill County Jail and charged with Delivery of Marijuana over 5 and less than 50 pounds.
What Is the Punishment for Selling Marijuana in Texas?
Norml.org states that sale or delivery of between 5 pounds and 50 pounds of marijuana is a second degree felony, punishable by a mandatory minimum of 2 years imprisonment, a maximum of 20 years, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
In Oklahoma, adults 21 and older can legally possess up to eight ounces of marijuana.
Legalizing Marijuana in Texas
More than a quarter of states in the U.S. have legalized recreational marijuana use, and marijuana is allowed for some medical treatment in most of the country. Recreational marijuana use is still against the law in Texas, but the state does have a medical marijuana program that has been expanded as recently as last year.
Right now, if you have up to two ounces of marijuana in Texas, you’re committing a Class B misdemeanor. The punishment for this crime is up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Possession of over two ounces could result in up to a year in jail, and possession of more than four ounces is a felony, according to KVUE.
Officials estimated the street value of the marijuana to be between $50,000 to $60,000 based on where it came from in Oklahoma to its destination in Harker Heights.
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