Iowa residents may be interested to learn that on Oct. 2, a Texas state trooper reportedly found 29 pounds of marijuana stashed in the gas tank of a car during a traffic stop. The trooper stopped the vehicle in question at about 3:15 p.m. in Willacy County.
While conducting the traffic stop, the trooper conducted a search of the 2001 Gray Kia Sorento and found 24 bundles of marijuana inside the gas tank. The street worth of the drugs was estimated to be more than $176,000. The driver of the vehicle was identified as a 22-year-old Brownsville man. He was taken into custody and was transported to Willacy County jail. The man is now facing a felony charge for possession of marijuana.
The state of Iowa legalized the use of cannabidiol, an extract found in marijuana plants that is non-psychoactive, in 2014. However, this use is limited to patients suffering from certain types of epilepsy. For the rest of the population in the state, the possession and sale of marijuana remains illegal. While individuals found to be in possession of any amount of marijuana could face state drug charges, those accused of selling large amounts of the drug may face felony drug charges.
For those who are facing felony charges, the potential consequences can be severe. Some individuals could face years in prison, have their personal property seized and be required to pay expensive fines that could leave them in debt. A criminal law attorney may challenge the charges if authorities violated the accused person's rights or if there is a lack of evidence connecting the defendant to the crime.