By Sara Vanden Berge
While states like Colorado and California have legalized the use of marijuana, Texas has steadfastly refused.
And while some cities are lessening the penalties for marijuana users, Stephenville is keeping pace with the state and continuing to crack down on offenders.
“Marijuana use matters to me because it’s affecting good neighborhoods,” said Police Chief Jason King. “We get reports all the time from people living in apartment complexes and neighborhoods whose lives are interrupted by people brazenly dealing and using marijuana.”
In fact one recent complaint led to the arrest of two Tarleton State University students by the county’s recently formed Special Crimes Unit.
A manager of an apartment complex made a complaint on Nov. 14 that there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from one of the units.
“Based on that complaint, we made contact with the residents and identified them,” said Sgt. Russell Ford who works in the Special Crimes Unit. “We executed a search warrant and seized 110 grams of marijuana, numerous drug paraphernalia – pipes, grinders, water bongs, packaging – as well as ecstasy, amphetamine and prescription drugs.”
The suspects, Tyrell Johnson, 21, and Thomas Howard, 21, were arrested and taken into custody.
Johnson was charged with possession of marijuana and Howard was charged with possession of marijuana as well as the other drugs found at the location.
It’s a scene that plays out over and over in Stephenville and other small towns across the country.
Ford says the drug problem