Traffic stop for pot in Amarillo could get two men life in prison
Two men recently arrested near Amarillo for marijuana during a traffic stop are facing life in prison.
Potter County sheriff’s deputies arrested Eli McCarthy Manna, 30; and Andrew Bruce George, 27, after stopping them on a traffic violation on Interstate 40.
During the stop, the deputy says he became suspicious and asked to search the vehicle. The two men declined consent for a search so the deputy detained them until a K-9 unit arrived.
The dog then alerted on the vehicle, and after a search, deputies found marijuana brownies.
Due to Texas law, authorities are able to weigh all of the ingredients of the brownies, flour, sugar, and all, along with the marijuana to determine the severity of the charge.
In all, the batch weighed more than 650 grams, or just under one and a half pounds. Marijuana itself was found in the vehicle as well.
Deputies booked the men into Potter County jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, more than 400 grams. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
There are currently three bills in the Texas legislature which would change marijuana possession penalties.
By: Stephen Carter
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