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Texas attorney facing drug charges after traffic stop

A Texas attorney faces spending up to 99 years in prison on felony drug charges after quantities of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs were allegedly found in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop on the night of July 20. The 50-year-old man was released from the Williamson County Jail on July 21 after posting a $50,000 bond. He has been charged with a first-degree felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Court documents and police reports suggest that he could face additional drug possession charges.

The man's evening took a turn for the worse at approximately 9:26 p.m. when a Williamson County Sheriff's Office deputy pulled his BMW M6 sedan over on Anderson Mill Road near Round Rock. The deputy says that he initiated the traffic stop because the man failed to signal before changing lanes. A search of the vehicle was ordered after a K-9 unit alerted to the possible presence of drugs during an air sniff.

During the search, deputies say that they found three canisters that contained marijuana, methamphetamine and cannabis. Deputies are also said to have discovered psilocybin mushrooms, LSD and seven plastic bags containing cocaine. A WCSO representative said the drugs were packaged in a way that suggested they were for sale.

When their clients have been charged with committing felony drug crimes after a K-9 unit alerted during a traffic stop, experienced criminal defense attorneys may study police reports to find out if the dog was in the police vehicle that made the stop. If the K9 unit was summoned to the scene, attorneys may seek to have the charges against their clients dismissed. This is because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that prolonging traffic stops so that drug-sniffing dogs can be called in violates rights protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

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