A 28-year-old San Antonio resident was taken into custody on drug and drunk driving charges on the evening of June 26 after officers from the New Braunfels Police Department officers were dispatched to help the owners of a stalled vehicle. She will remain in custody because a records check revealed that she has three open warrants from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for violating the conditions of her parole.
The woman’s problems began at approximately 8:45 p.m. when the NBPD received reports about a stalled vehicle on Interstate 35. Officers say that they observed a woman and a man standing beside the stalled car when they arrived at the scene. According to a police report, the woman gave officers a false name and appeared to be impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Officers say that they took the woman into custody after establishing her identity and discovering that she had open parole violation warrants. A search of her vehicle and purse is said to have led to the seizure of about 12 grams of heroin, 28 grams of methamphetamine, 5 grams of cocaine and items commonly used to package and weigh illegal drugs. She has been charged with drug possession, manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance, giving false information to a police officer and suspicion of DUI.
The discovery of even small quantities of illegal drugs can lead to narcotics trafficking or distribution charges. In these situations, experienced criminal defense attorneys might argue that the seized substances were for the defendant’s personal use and that drug charges should be reduced accordingly. Attorneys may also question the validity of warrantless searches that lead to drug seizures when officers might have acted without sufficient probable cause.