Since the stay-at-order in Texas has forced people to remain in their homes and caused many businesses to close until further notice to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, life as we knew it came to a halt. While millions of Texans are suffering from financial hardship, drug dealers throughout the state are experiencing a boom in sales.
According to a Central Track report, Dallas drug dealers are taking advantage of their clientele's boredom and panic-buying tendencies, earning a 50 percent or higher increase in sales. In fact, ABC 7 reported that alcohol sales from liquor stores are up by over 50 percent by March 21 since residents are buying in bulk because they can no longer drink at bars and restaurants.
Not only are the citywide dealers helping buyers stock up the first few weeks into the enforcement of the stay-at-home order, but they have maintained strong sales since buyers are quickly going through their stash out of boredom. While those who enjoy cannabis are the most consistent clients, all types of drugs are going through the same surge.
However, the police are now experiencing a record low in arrests due to the stay-at-home order, giving them more time to investigate suspected drug distribution or trafficking. Although the courts are closed to the public, emergency hearings such as arraignments and other preliminary hearings are still held.
Possession of less than one gram of cocaine or meth is a state jail felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to two years and a fine no more than $10,000, while possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail term of 180 days and a fine not exceeding $2,000. Drug sale or distribution is a harsher felony offense, no matter what type of drug is involved.
If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Dallas, our legal team at the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain is ready to protect your rights and freedom. The last thing you want while going through a pandemic is a conviction, so let us help you avoid that at all costs.
Contact us today at (214) 238-9392 to discuss your case with us. Get more than 30 years of combined legal experience on your side.