Just weeks after a string of drug overdoses left three dead in downtown Austin, two people were arrested with drug charges tied to fentanyl-laced pills found in a car they were in last week, according to Austin police.
Shannon Jyquis Wilson, 27, who an Austin police officer said is a "known narcotics dealer," and Tyiesha Nicole Banks, 28, were pulled over with around 1.25 pounds of fentanyl pills on East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard March 17.
According to an affidavit, APD ran a check on Wilson's driver's license to see if it was valid as he entered and left a gas station.
When they say it was invalid, police and FBI agents then pulled the two over and said they smelled marijuana in the vehicle. Banks admitted to having marijuana in her purse, and officers then found a 9mm handgun with a full magazine and bullet in the chamber inside as well.
APD found the drug in "orange and multicolored pills" in three bags after searching the vehicle. The pills tested "presumptive positive" for fentanyl in a field test and formally tested positive Wednesday.
Discussing the national fentanyl crisis with law enforcement & families affected by fentanyl in Fort Worth today.
Together, we will stop this deadly drug from entering our communities from across the border. https://t.co/9wnrHHYF8r
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) February 15, 2022
Fentanyl is a powerful opiod that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine but cheaper than many other illicit drugs, like heroin. Some cost-cutting dealers appear to lace the less-expensive drug into other substances—a practice that has contributed to a spike in fentanyl deaths in Texas, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.
It's cost the lives of many: three people died and 12 others were hospitalized near Sixth Street in one night alone after overdosing on pills laced with fentanyl and other illicit substances including cocaine and methamphetamine (a previous estimate thought the fatal drug was Xylazine, another opioid.)
The affidavit said Banks admitted to knowing the pills were in the car but said she didn't know the gun was in her purse, while Wilson denied knowledge of either.
Banks and Wilson, who has three prior charges for possession of a controlled substance, could face a first-degree felony with charges of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance. Both have since bonded out of the Travis County jail.
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.