99 Year Jail Sentence for Man Nabbed with Meth

In one shocking ruling last week, the Judge of a Texas court handed a brutal 99-year jail term to a man arrested with just 3 grams of Meth. It is unclear whether he is going to appeal the sentence or not. It is believed that his criminal history played a role in his lengthy jail term. Attorney Jackson F. Gorski, a top drug crimes lawyer in Austin, feels the defendant “might” be able to appeals his sentence due to the harsh nature of the prison term.

Meth producing paraphernalia was found in his house

Back in 2014, a SWAT team stormed into Darryl’s house in the east Texas town of Palestine while on a no-knock search warrant. It didn’t take them plenty of search efforts to stumble on meth producing paraphernalia including pipes still dangling from a nightstand and 3.41 grams of ready to use meth. Alongside him lay a set of digital weighing scales, his phone, small baggies and another thing that wasn’t supposed to be there: his parole monitoring dock station.

The police went through his phone to dig for evidence and found downloaded texts with information on meth sales. A former sergeant from Anderson County Sheriff’s office testified against him.

Mr. Wayne had a criminal history

It could have been outlandish to send Wayne in jail for a century over 3 grams of Meth. However, it has been found out that the convict had quite a lengthy criminal history with some offenses dating as far back as 1992. According to KYTX-TV, a CBS affiliated channel, Mr. Wayne has been in prison multiple times resulting from convictions on four offenses in six felony arrests since 1992. All the felony cases were booked in Anderson County. To make it worse, he had a pending drug charge at the time of his arrest in 2014 hence the parole monitor found with him.

As a result, the jury’s view of him was that of a habitual offender who deserved a much harsher sentence. Normally, possession of a controlled substance will earn you 2 – 25 years in jail according to TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice). Being in drug possession and having the intention to distribute the controlled substance to another party is considered to be a second-degree felony and can take you closer to the 25 years jail term mark.

For Mr. Wayne’s case, the fact that he tried to enhance the meth made him competent enough to stand for the first-degree felony charge which is eligible for a jail term spanning between 25 and 99 years. Being a habitual offender left the judge with no other option but hand him the topmost mark. Though he is allowed to appeal, he’s considered to be slightly lucky because the 99-year sentence is way very close to life imprisonment.

The state of Texas has done this before

This is not the first time a Texan court has handed a devastating sentence to a serial drug offender. In a similar case in 2017, a man from Dickinson was handed a 99 years sentence after being found with just 7 pills of meth weighing 1.18 grams. Sadly, it was a 10th felony and a 6th drug-related conviction in his name.

Facing Trial Due To a Drug Case?

Having the police arrest and charge you with a criminal offense related to drug crimes is one thing, but having to appear in court and attempt to fight the allegations is a different matter altogether. Its important to hire an attorney who knows your rights, that is aware of the current search and seizure laws as they are, or may be, applicable to your case, and is willing to fight on your behalf as the attorney of record in your case.Crack Cocaine

We strongly recommend talking with a lawyer if you have been arrested for a criminal offense relating to illegal narcotics in any way.

In Houston, criminal defense lawyers have represented thousands of people accused of drug crimes including people who have been caught with small amounts of marijuana on up to persons busted with, or accused of having thousands of kilos of illegal drugs like cocaine in their possession.

At the end of the day, police and law enforcement officers have never been free of making mistakes or violating the Constitution during their law enforcement efforts meaning their is a real chance that a criminal defense lawyer will be able to stand in your corner, defend you, and have a good shot of winning at trial.

Crime, Drugs, and Houston, Texas

Any criminal defense lawyer in Houston will tell you that they see no shortage of criminally charged clients coming into their law offices from the confines of the drug-crime subculture in Harris County, TX. If you take the 44 minutes out of your day to watch the video presentation produced by National Geographic, which is featured in this blog posting, you’ll see first hand why this is the case.

The city of Houston, like all the rest of the major cities in our country, is a high crime drug area laden with the criminally charged, crimes in progress, drug subculture, and police officers whose jobs consist of looking to make arrests of people suspected of felony crimes, misdemeanor criminal offenses, and federal crimes. Any one person looking to be the best criminal defense lawyer in Houston has a lot of opportunity to hone their craft and sharpen their skills as an attorney.

The documentary presentation below takes us into 5th Ward, Houston, TX to start, and gives us a look at the night life on Houston’s streets with the capturing of a violent assault at a gas station to get things moving. Most drug dealers and people involved in the illegal industry of manufacturing and delivering illegal narcotics are doing what they feel they need to do to survive.

In many cases, “doing what they need to do to survive” involves breaking Texas criminal law, being arrested by a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy or Houston Police Officer, being jailed for the crime, and either fighting your case from jail, or bonding out of jail and hiring a criminal defense attorney to fight any criminal charges against you.

Make no bones about it, the information about the drug culture and criminal underworld highlighted in the movie featured is mostly accurate, astonishingly.

Saving Money for a Criminal Defense Lawyer

As you can see in the interview of the crack dealer, he saves his money because he knows that eventually he will get busted by law enforcement for a felony drug crime related to his dealing of crack cocaine. He knows the he will need to hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent him in court once he is busted so he saves a lot of the money from the proceeds of his cocaine enterprise in preparation of retaining a criminal defense attorney.

Respectably, he is well aware of the risks associated with the criminal enterprise he is engaged in, and only cares about making money. “Otis” mainly cooks cocaine and turns it into crack so he can sell it to addicts on the streets. They feel that corners are like gold and once they have a good reputation, drug dealers will fight to control certain corners.

Also, he levies charges on drug dealers for the right to sell cocaine on “his corners”. The drug dealer also engages in the business of fronting crack-cocaine to drug dealers on credit. If they don’t pay him what is owed, he is ready and willing, to commit assault with a deadly weapon as a form of street justice. Its a way of penalizing those who would disrespect his block by not paying crack corner lease fees or paying their debt for the crack cocaine consignment.

Most Cocaine in Houston Comes From One Source

Enter Manolo, a drug trafficker in Houston, Texas who is connected with the Mexican drug cartels. The cartels are all over Houston and people you would never image to be involved with them, are members. In Houston, the Gulf Cartel and the Los Zetas Mexican drug gangs control the cocaine market and the drug trade in Houston.Houston criminal defense lawyer for drug crimes

These Mexican drug gangs will not hesitate to kill in order to defend their drug businesses and normally do so on a regular basis. Manolo brings in 100’s of thousands of kilos in each monthly shipment of cocaine. Its doesn’t seem like the law enforcement in Houston can do anything about it and the federal government is certainly not in the business of stopping the drug trade in America, nor the drug war.

In one case, a drug cartel hit squad intercepted a multi-ton marijuana delivery being carried out by a police informant and killed him during broad daylight on the beltway. They stopped the truck on the freeway by slowing down an SUV in front of the 18 wheeler and when he stopped the rig, four men got out and killed the police informant drug dealer.

Arrested in Houston? Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Prison sentences for anyone arrested for a drug crime in Houston can be harsh if the alleged offender is found guilty in the court of law. The worst mistake a person can make is to get involved in the drug culture, become a drug addict, or even worse, get killed or sentenced to a lengthy prison term by the unforgiving judges and jurors who make up the criminal justice system in Texas.

A Houston Drug Charge Criminal Defense Lawyer is Best

In the event that your are arrested for a drug crime in Houston, its best to work with an attorney who has experience defending the rights of people who are accused of criminal offenses involving illegal drugs aka controlled substances.

There are a number of ways to find a decent lawyer. We recommend looking for a board certified criminal defense lawyer as they will be best suited to defend your freedom in the court of law. Drug crime offense sentencing in Houston can range, for felonies, anywhere from 6 months to 99 years depending on the charge, so having a criminal defense lawyer adept at fighting criminal charges will serve you best if you get in trouble with the law.