Prosecutors have dropped the first-degree felony charges against Jacob Lavoro, the Round Rock teenager who faced life in prison for running a small-time edibles operation. Lavoro's case made national headlines in May after Round Rock police caught the 19 year old with about a pound and a half of m ... More >>
A 50-acre pot farm with nearly 3,450 plants and a street value of $1.75 million was raided by municipal, county and state authorities in Brenham Monday. No suspects were located in the seizure, which is the sixth "marijuana growing operation shut down in Washington County since January 2013," accor ... More >>
It's really not hard to make it onto the offseason police blotter. One bad night of drinking, one misstep behind the wheel, one furious temper tantrum, and next thing you know you have a misdemeanor for something or other. It doesn't take very much. However, it takes a special type of bonehead to ... More >>
For about five weeks, the crime faucet in the NFL was practically dry, a slow drip at best. Then all of a sudden, about two weeks ago, Jim Irsay got popped for felony possession of pain killers. And since then, to quote WWE Hall of Fame television announcer Jim Ross, BUSINESS HAS, BY GAWD, PICKED U ... More >>
We guess the definition of "captive audience" is pretty much epitomized by prison inmates. In Beeville, guards at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's McConnell Unit took advantage of the potential customer base and ran one hell of a drug ring, with the aid of inmates. They also smuggled in p ... More >>
Harris County Sheriff's investigators seized cash, drugs, weapons, and gambling devices from two allegedly illegal game rooms in southwest Harris County Thursday, according to a press release. Acting on a tip, members of the HCSO's Game Room Task Force (a whole task force, yo!) seized the loot -- w ... More >>
Ed. Note: This is part of our sister papers LA Weekly and OC Weekly's coverage of the Coachella festival's just-concluded second weekend. We told you earlier about the ways folks try to sneak drugs into Coachella. Also, we told you about how to avoid trouble with the police. But what if, despite yo ... More >>
The Drug Enforcement Administration took steps today against synthetic stimulants and cannabinoids So if that little froggie pictured above used synthetics to get the sly semi-smile look some drug users get when they finally figure out the world (only to eventually forget what it was that had occur ... More >>
Carlton Berry and Quanell X hold a dumb press conference asking Sheriff Garcia for an apology.
Comedian Damon Wayans once said, "I have a friend in jail for something he didn't do. He didn't run fast enough." But, the reality is so many criminals get busted not for an inability to escape, but because they do really stupid things. Take the case of Jason Hales, a convicted sex offender living ... More >>
Federal prosecutors are continuing to dole out indictments and arrests in connection with the seizure of 14,000 pot plants across three counties last month, with more information coming out this afternoon. The indictment returned today intensifies the charges defendants face. It: charges the defend ... More >>
A mover has been charged with improperly touching and photographing the five-year-old daughter of a customer while he was working in her house, court records say. Justin Modesto Summers, 21, has been charged with indecency to a child and promotion of child pornography. Court documents say that whe ... More >>
The Texas border is a rather notorious place when it comes to drugs and people trying to cross into the United States carrying them. In fact, both Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg were busted in the exact same location, Sierra Blanca. Traditionally, these drugs are found in the vehicle of the accused or ... More >>
Trinity County Constables OfficeBrandy Liles: Now facing another felony, on top of two from her earlier case.A woman charged with meth possession earlier this month is behind bars again after she and her mother were filmed beating a woman they suspected had been working with the police. Acc ... More >>
The Bentley is goneUp until September 16, Gary Robert Watson was living pretty large. He had the swanky condo in the Sawyer Heights development overlooking the Heights Target. Every day he drove a 2006 Bentley into the garage, and on his thick wrist the giant of a man rocked a $3K Breitling. ... More >>
They're coming for your high schoolers.The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a warning today to state residents that didn't sound at all alarming; it just mentioned that "the Mexican Cartels are Recruiting Texas High School Students." Yes, those innocent kids you blithely send off to ... More >>
"Mike" from the K-9 unit looking awfully smug...or stoned.So, there you are, rolling down the highway in your tractor trailer filled with weed one minute, just minding your own business, and the next minute, you are busted by a drug sniffing dog. Mama said there'd be days like this. Apparent ... More >>
Stevie Brown-Crever: Tough luck on 59The Montgomery County Police Reporter is a just-the-facts publication; here's one of their latest stories: Sunday evening approximately 7:00P.M. Deputy Juan Chapa and his partner Porter [a dog, by the way] were on routine patrol along US 59 near Creekwood ... More >>
Fake weed's final freewheeling days
Less safe than alcohol? Disprove it and $10K is yoursSafer Texas is a group that doesn't like alcohol, at least compared to marijuana.They say they work "to address increasing concerns that our laws prohibiting the marijuana market are sending a dangerous message to the public that alcohol is mo ... More >>
Photos courtesy BCSOBBQ at the hotelBrian Bledsoe and Esther Sustaita had made all the arrangements, and their alleged Tuesday evening drug bender was going well. They had rented a room at the Travel Lodge on Bryan's Texas Avenue, and the pharmaceutical cornucopia they had on hand would have (mil ... More >>
Houstonian showing Californians the wayCalifornians, those wacky folks, will be voting in November on a referendum to legalize recreational marijuana.Not medical marijuana, recreational marijuana.And they've got a Houstonian -- and his 80-year-old mother, who still lives here -- to thank.Richard ... More >>
West Columbia is about 45 miles southwest of here; don't feel too bad if you haven't heard of it. The Brazoria County town has about 4,300 residents, 16 of whom are facing drug charges after an undercover operation in the local high school.A school-district cop went undercover at the school in Ja ... More >>
Photo courtesy DEAA lot more crack than Melvin Johnson hadThink 35 years for a brick or so of pot is bad?Try this one on for size... In a case one local defense attorney has said showed "shades of Tulia," a Bay City man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing 1.3 grams of crack.Melvin ... More >>
Bryan's Gary Emil Maale, 20, faces two counts of felony drug possession after a cop patrolling Maale's apartment complex noticed a bong left in full view on his front porch. Evidently that piqued the curiosity of the cop, who reported that he decided to pay Maale a visit and noticed the smell of ... More >>
Photo by JamesCohenThere is a tangled tale coming out of Montgomery County (where else), but one lesson seems clear -- if you're hoarding 270 pounds of pot in your house, think twice before calling the cops about something.Think three or four times. And we don't mean dope-addled "thinking" like exam ... More >>
April 20 is National Pot Smoking Day, because if there's anything America needs, it's a holiday encouraging us to be more apathetic than we already are. But rather than get bogged down in arguments for legalization or debates about the merits of medicinal marijuana, let us simply commemorate this o ... More >>
Big props to the Chronicle's Ericka Mellon for, again, live-blogging a lengthy and often-tedious HISd board meeting. Since the district can't seem to wrap its arms around 20th-Century technology to broadcast these things, it's really an invaluable service.And from it we learned that board presid ... More >>
The bad news: Another Houston teacher has been busted for pot.The good news: Let's look at the media alert from interim spokesman Norm Uhl -- Based on an anonymous tip, HISD PD's K-9 unit searched the parking lot at Woodson MS. One teacher has been arrested for possession of marijuana. I am on my wa ... More >>
What is it with HISD teachers and pot these days? A month ago, a middle-school assistant principal gets nabbed for growing dope in his home. Now, a pair of teachers at Williams Middle School (Northwest side represent!) are making friends in county due to a meddling tipster and a drug-sniffing dog.
The Kid Care story fizzles to a finish
An ex-cop from East Texas decides to switch sides
Saturday, June 17, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521
Thursday, March 16, the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9666
Thursday, November 3, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-225-8551.
RIP, Gatemouth Brown
How many Metro crashes? Depends who's counting.
Dean Becker, "420 Drug War News"
Drug testing in world-class bridge bounces a medal-winner
Steven Van Zandt is dedicated to garage rock
Ben Guillory helped the DEA bust some east Houston dope dealers. But he says the agency's cavalier approach has left him a marked man in his old neighborhood.
Grass documentary leaves the viewer hungry for more
Angela took a hit. And CPS took her babies away.
Like, wow: Half Baked proves to be half-witted
When it comes to alternatives to the drug war, some warriors would rather you not hear about it