Hudspeth County

The county of Hudspeth is located in the westernmost tip of Texas along the Mexican border near El Paso. Hudspeth County is home to the only Texas courthouse built out of adobe. Hudspeth is the third largest county in the state, covering over 4,500 square miles of area.

With its location right on the Mexican border, Hudspeth County sees a lot of people – and drugs – flow between Mexico and Texas on a daily basis. The town of Sierra Blanca has a famous border checkpoint where famous musicians such as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and Fiona Apple have been busted with marijuana over the years. Marijuana (aka weed, pot, and dope) is still a major Mexican export, and Texas authorities are doing what they can to keep it from crossing the border.

If you’ve been arrested on marijuana charges in Hudspeth or surrounding counties including El Paso, Culberson, and Jeff Davis County, it would be in your best interest to speak to a dedicated marijuana defense attorney.

Hudspeth County Marijuana Defense Attorneys in Texas

When it comes to marijuana charges, the Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC has handled it all.

To succeed in battle, few things are as important as understanding your opponent. And who knows the police better than a former officer? Before law school, attorney David Sloane was a police lieutenant. He worked extensively on criminal investigations during his time on the force and has a strong background in crime scene analysis.

We understand it’s scary to be charged with a crime. The Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC will fight to reduce or dismiss your charges in every possible case. Get started on your defense today. Call (817) 349-7118 or complete our online form to schedule a free evaluation of your case.


Overview of Hudspeth County in Texas


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The Sierra Blanca Checkpoint

One of the most popular routes between Texas and Mexico runs through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in the Hudspeth County town of Sierra Blanca. With the aid of drug-sniffing dogs, federal law enforcement officials make multiple drug busts daily at this checkpoint.

Local law enforcement officials have seen the amount of drug busts increase to the point that the jail can not contain all of the offenders. Since the sheriff rents jail cells to neighboring counties who have run out of places to hold people, jailing those arrested for small-time drug offenses eats into the jail’s profit margin.

That changes when the amount of weed you’re busted with is measurable in pounds rather than ounces. Pot prices in Mexico have decreased substantially, but state and federal penalties remain unchanged. If you try to sneak a heavily discounted brick of Mexican marijuana into Texas, you’ll still pay a heavy price when you’re caught in Hudspeth County.


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Major State Roads and Interstates in Hudspeth County

One of the primary job duties of Hudspeth County law enforcement is busting people trying to bring drugs into the United States. An overwhelming majority of these highway interdiction busts occur on the roads stretching across the county. If you are arrested after entering Texas from Mexico with marijuana, you could be facing federal marijuana charges such as trafficking or conspiracy. These federal crimes have serious implications with even minor possessions being punished with up to 5 years in prison.

Some of the major roads and highways through Hudspeth County where highway interdiction stops occur include:

  • Interstate 10 (I-10)
  • S. Highway 62 (US 62)
  • S. Highway 180 (US 180)
  • State Highway 20 (SH 20)
  • Farm to Market Road 192 (FM 192)
  • Farm to Market Road 1437 (FM 1437)
  • Farm to Market Road 1576 (FM 1576)
  • Ranch to Market Road 1111 (RM 1111)
  • Ranch to Market Road 2317 (RM 2317)

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Law Enforcement Resources

Texas Highway Patrol | DPS – The Texas Highway Patrol (THP) is a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety. THP’s missions are to maintain and educate Texas citizens about public safety. Visit this website to read travel tips and learn more about the Highway Patrol Service.

Sierra Blanca Station | US CBP – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency runs a border checkpoint in Sierra Blanca. Visit this website to read a brief history of the checkpoint and the area over which CBP exerts jurisdiction. You can also read about the history of the Border Protection agency.

Sierra Blanca Station
900 Aztec Drive
Post Office Box 8
Sierra Blanca, Texas 79851
Phone: (915) 369-4000
Fax: (915) 369-4110

Hudspeth County Sheriff – Arvin West was sworn in as sheriff of Hudspeth County in December 2000. The sheriff’s office is focused on working together to provide a safer community. The department is located at 525 Brown Street in Sierra Blanca, Texas.

Sheriff Arvin West
P. O. Box 39
Sierra Blanca, TX 79851
Telephone: (915) 369-2161
Fax: (915) 369-2126

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Court Resources

Hudspeth County Judge – The Honorable Mike Doyal serves as County Judge for Hudspeth. Doyal has jurisdiction over most misdemeanor criminal cases and serves as the appellate judge for appeals from the Justice of the Peace.

County Judge
The Honorable Mike Doyal
PO Box 68
Sierra Blanca, Texas 79851
Telephone 915-369-2321
Fax 915-369-2361

Hudspeth County District Attorney – Jaime Esparza is the current District Attorney for Texas’s 34th Judicial District, which includes Hudspeth. Visit this website to view contact information, a brief biography, and a list of other counties for which Jaime serves as District Attorney.

34th District Attorney
Jaime Esparza
500 E. San Antonio, Suite 203
El Paso, Texas 79901
Telephone 915-546-2059
Fax 915-533-5520

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Our Practice Areas

It’s ridiculous that simply having weed in your possession is enough to saddle you with a lifelong criminal record. The attorneys at the Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC are ready to put their experience to work fighting your marijuana charges. You’re presumed innocent until proven guilty; we’ll work diligently to maintain your innocence.

  • Highway interdiction
  • Arrests of visitors from out of state
  • Marijuana DWI
  • Positive THC drug test probation violation
  • Marijuana felony offenses
  • Illegal searches
  • Asset forfeiture
  • Marijuana trafficking
  • Delivery of marijuana
  • Marijuana crimes
  • Cite and release

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Additional Resources

Texas Statutes – The Texas Statutes (also called Texas Codes) are a comprehensive collection of state laws and the penalties for violating them. The Statutes are regularly updated to reflect any laws that have been created, amended, or repealed by the Texas Legislature. Visit this website to research the law governing your charges.

El Paso NORML – NORML is a non-profit organization that has been a dogged advocate for legalizing cannabis. The El Paso chapter conducts campaigns and runs educational programs in West Texas to inform the public and to try to convince local and state legislatures to legalize the drug for the benefit of society. You can learn how to help by following the link.


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Lawyer for Marijuana Crimes in Hudspeth County, Texas

Hudspeth County is an infamous hotspot for drug busts. If you’re one of the unlucky ones who have been arrested on marijuana charges passing through the county, you need a criminal defense attorney familiar with both sides of the law.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC are passionate about the practice of law. We fight to obtain the best possible outcome for each of our clients.

The Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC accepts clients from North Texas to the Big Bend area and all points in between. We represent people from the communities in Hudspeth including Dell City, Fort Hancock, and Sierra Blanca.

Contact us at (817) 349-7118 or complete our online form today to schedule a free consultation.


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This page was last updated on Thursday, February 7, 2019.