2 Arrested in Dallas Meth Bust
Two men are incarcerated in the Dallas County Jail on charges of drug dealing after undercover surveillance in the 1500 block of Pleasant Grove's St. Augustine Drive.
More than nine pounds of meth was allegedly discovered by Dallas police armed with a warrant to search the premises. The meth was reportedly in various stages of production when they raided the home, which was devoid of furniture, a refrigerator and food. Police also reportedly discovered a 9 millimeter pistol.
The events unfolded when police doing the surveillance followed two men leaving the home driving separate cars. According to police reports, police pulled a 41-year-old man over for failing to signal a lane change and a 24-year-old man for the same offense in addition to not yielding to traffic. Both men were subsequently arrested for drug offenses. The younger man also had no driver's license and allegedly had 503 grams of meth inside his truck. His bond is set at $200,000, while the other's is $100,000. Both are also subject to immigration holds.
An aggressive criminal defense attorney may be able to launch legal challenges to the traffic stops that preceded the search of the home that yielded the methamphetamine. They can also question the qualifications of the lab personnel who tested the substances and dispute the integrity of the chain of custody of any and all evidence used against the men.
Because the men were immigrants, if there were no Spanish-speaking officers involved in the arrests, a defense attorney can assert that neither man knew what was being said to them if and when they were read their Miranda rights as required by law. These are just a few of the possible strategies a defense attorney may use in cases of alleged drug crimes.
Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Surveillance of suspected drug house nets big meth bust, two arrests for Dallas police" Tistan Hallman, May. 26, 2014