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Harris County grand jury declines to indict rappers

 

Harris County grand jury declines to indict rappers Paul Slayton and Ronald Bryant

 

MARCH 21, 2017 - A Harris County grand jury indicted five people on drug charges Tuesday for their roles in a December 2016 incident investigated by Houston Police and declined to indict five others, including two rap artists.

The cases involved the arrests of performers Paul “Paul Wall” Slayton and Ronald “Baby Bash” Bryant, who were initially arrested on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity concerning possession with intent to deliver THC. The extract from marijuana is a felony in any amount under Texas law.

These charges do not involve the Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program, which was enacted March 1 by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. 

This program offers persons who meet certain criteria the option to avoid being charged and prosecuted for misdemeanor amounts of marijuana if they successfully complete a rehabilitative program on decision making.

Those indicted by grand jurors include: Luis Amaya, Delgario Ramirez, Christopher Williams, Thomas Wissing and Paige Cooper.

Amaya was indicted for possession of THC, a third degree felony amount.

Ramirez was indicted for possession of THC, a second degree felony amount.

Williams was indicted for possession of codeine, a first degree felony amount.

Wissing and Cooper were indicted for possession with intent to deliver THC, a state jail felony amount.

A “no bill” issued by the grand jury means that grand jurors did not find sufficient evidence for charges to continue toward a trial.

Those no-billed were Homer Villareal, John Sanchez, Alfred Diller, Slayton and Bryant.

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