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Texas family charged with drug possession after neighbors used app

Recently, four members of a Texas family were charged for drug possession after their neighbors reported suspicious activity using a crime-prevention smartphone app, says the Huffington Post.
 
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    February 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Texas family charged with drug possession after neighbors used app

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Recently, four members of a Texas family were charged for drug possession after their neighbors reported suspicious activity using a crime-prevention smartphone app, says the Huffington Post. Both of the parents, their 22 year old daughter, 18 year old son and the son's girlfriend are facing charges for drug possession as well as additional charges for possession of an illegal weapon.

County deputies discovered that the family had marijuana, cocaine, morphine and Xanax in their home. According to the Huffington Post, neighbors said that they had seen constant traffic to the family's house, even during the early morning, for several months. One neighbor reported that she would regularly see a skateboarder come down the street, throw a bag into the family's yard, pick up another one and continue down the street.

How does this police app work?

The police stated that they came and investigated the family's home after they had received several tips from neighbors using a crime-prevention app. This app:
-Allows users to submit tips, videos and images of suspicious activities directly to law enforcement from their phone.
-Gives neighbors the ability to submit evidence directly to officers investigating a crime scene.
-Is completely anonymous.

However, despite the presence of drugs in this family's home, they are claiming that they didn't do anything wrong.

A family affair

According to the Daily Mail, the family's lawyer says that the search law enforcement officials performed was illegal because they didn't have a warrant when they entered their house for the first time. Their lawyer also stated that they had an explanation for both the drug possession and the illegal weapons in their home. Both the arrested mother, who has leukemia, and the daughter run an online e-cigarette business which also sells vaporizers for marijuana consumption. In addition to this, the weapons that were found belonged to their ex-marine son who had previously passed away.

Because of drugs being found in their home, the four members of this family are facing severe consequences. According to the University of Texas at Dallas, minimum punishment for possession drugs, including marijuana, under federal law is a minimum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000. The maximum fine for this offense is imprisonment for life without release and a fine that cannot exceed $8,000,000.

Because of these consequences, it is essential that you work with a lawyer if you have been charged with possessing illegal drugs or marijuana. Contact an attorney in your area today that can guide you throughout the intricacies of the legal process and defend you in a court of law.



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