Not really news but very sad. People get life all the time in Texas for large distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.
What I did notice in this article that is worth discussing is the school zone. They like to mention school zones but what they really should be reporting is being near government property.
I was in jail with a poor guy who lived in a house next to a city park. He had five pot plants and got busted when he threw a party that got out of hand. There is a mandatory minimum of 5 years for any drug manufacture activity 100 yards from government owned land or property. Something to consider if you are looking to buy a house in America.
Let's not forget that a new one crept in while America was sleeping: 1,000 feet of a church. That's right - you're trying to corrupt God herself. Now try to analyze where/how this got in there. Are they saying that a church is the same thing as a school? Are they saying that kids MIGHT be going to the church? Or, and this is my personal favorite: People who attend a church are, by default, so damn stupid that they will fall easy prey (hehehehe) to the wily dope-pusher? More so than normal adults?
I'd like to see a map of a city with the relevant areas surrounding schools, gov property and churches all marked; I wonder how much area they're still working on an excuse for.
The whole school zone thing is meaningless unless it is selling at the point of use. No school child is going to be able to afford such large ammounts of any drug, and the children are only affected if they are at real risk of being sold to or being caught up in drug related violence/criminality, and with large and sophisticated traffiking opperations the chance of school kids being caught up is minimal, especially as, in this case, were are talking about an elimentary school.