I have also noticed there has been an increase in drug-interdiction traffic stops by state troopers on U.S. Highway 287 in Armstrong County. Highway 287 runs through Amarillo southeast to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and then on to the Gulf Coast of Texas. As I mentioned in my November 10 post, more and more counties in the Amarillo area want a piece of the huge revenues generated by drug-interdiction activity along Interstate 40 and the other major highways in this area.
In April of this year, one of my clients was charged with possession of marijuana in Carson County. She was was stopped for speeding on Interstate 40. During the course of the traffic stop, the passenger in the vehicle gave consent to search the vehicle. Approximately 50 pounds of marijuana was found in luggage located in the vehicle. During negotiations with the State, the passenger took responsibility for the marijuana and claimed that my client had no knowledge of the marijuana. Since there was little evidence linking my client to the marijuana, the State dismissed the criminal charges filed against my client.
Over the last year I have noticed there has been an uptick in drug-interdiction traffic stops by state troopers on U.S. Highway 87 in Dallam County and Hartley County. Highway 87 is the major road for travel from Colorado through New Mexico to the high plains of Texas. After seeing the revenues generated by drug-interdiction activity along Interstate 40, it appears Dallam and Hartley County authorities want to get in on the action.
With the relaxed attitude towards marijuana use and possession in Colorado, I expect to see more and more activity along Highway 87.