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Drug possession worth nearly $1 million leads to arrests

Illegal drugs are a constant source of concern for Florida law enforcement. Investigations are conducted to find people who are violating drug laws and are committing state and federal drug crimes. In some cases, an arrest stems from an extensive investigation into alleged drug activity. In others, the charges emanate from something as simple as a probation check. For people who are arrested and charged with drug crimes, it is important to understand the potential consequences.

Officers made several arrests after discovering drugs at two separate residences. A 33-year-old man was suspected of taking part in illegal activity. Illegal drugs were discovered. Deputies got a search warrant and significant amounts of drugs were found. The drugs included cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis, MDMA (also called Molly), prescription pills and more. These drugs were worth nearly $1 million. He was placed under arrest.

Florida woman taken into custody on drug charges

On May 24, deputies in Florida took a 36-year-old woman into custody on drug charges. The Flagler County deputies had a search warrant for the woman's home. According to law enforcement, she was selling cocaine from the property.

Allegedly, she was also in possession of narcotics, cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Law enforcement said the woman had been taken into custody before. They also obtained a warrant to search her home in December 2018 after learning she may have been selling drugs there. Reportedly, she had resumed selling drugs after the search.

Rapper accused of falsifying forms at Florida gun shop

A 21-year-old rapper who goes by the stage name Kodak Black stands accused of entering false information on federal forms at a gun dealership in Hialeah. The shop recorded sales to him of a 9 mm handgun, .380-caliber handgun and semiautomatic Mini Draco weapon. Police collected one of these weapons at the scene of a shooting in Pompano Beach. As a result, authorities arrested Black before he could perform at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival.

He entered a not guilty plea to federal weapons charges and secured his release with a $550,000 bond. He must also remain under house arrest, but other criminal charges against him in other states could result in his return to jail prior to trial. The rapper's attorney emphasized that his client gave himself up voluntarily after learning about the federal weapons charges.

What are the reasons why you cannot possess a handgun?

Gun charges are serious, and they can lead to penalties that can change the course of your life. When facing these types of charges, it is smart to work diligently to understand the charges against you and begin working on a strategy by which you can confront the prosecution's case. The first step is to understand how you ended up in this situation to begin with.

The United States Constitution grants citizens the right to possess a weapon, but there are certain exemptions to that right. There are federal laws that outline which people do not have permission to possess a firearm for various reasons. Violating these laws can lead to serious legal complications. There are restrictions on which people can own a gun as well as what types of firearms people can sell.

Florida drug bust largest in Brevard County history

On May 1, Florida authorities issued 104 arrest warrants for suspected gang members who were allegedly participating in a large-scale fentanyl ring in Brevard County. The warrants were the culmination of a lengthy investigation conducted by Brevard County Sheriff's Office deputies.

Throughout the investigation, deputies reportedly seized 3 pounds of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is enough to kill each of the 590,000 people who live in Brevard County. Deputies also seized 9 pounds of methamphetamine, an unspecified amount of heroin and 75 firearms. The total street value of the drug haul is estimated to be around $181,000. According to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the seizure is the largest drug bust ever made in the history of the county.

Possessing small amounts of cannabis can be big trouble

Florida and Orlando are common tourist's destinations. Those visiting from states allowing recreational use of marijuana must remember possession of cannabis-based products is illegal in Florida. Even if you purchased the products legally in another state, the police can still charge you with a first-degree misdemeanor. These prohibited products include synthetic cannabis and mixtures and compounds.

Don't confuse the legalization of medical marijuana with recreational marijuana. Nearly half of the United States allow medical use of marijuana. Florida is one those states but has not legalized recreational use of the substance.

Kodak Black faces drug, firearm charges

Florida rapper Kodak Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was taken into custody on April 17 while crossing the U.S. border into Canada. Black was crossing the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge in a Cadillac with two passengers. A second car, a Porsche, accompanied them. Black was supposed to perform in Boston that night, but officials say they do not know where the men were headed.

The men told border agents they had firearms and marijuana. According to authorities, there was a Glock 9 mm pistol in Black's vehicle, and he also had marijuana. Black and the driver of the Porsche were both charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The two passengers in Black's vehicle were given weapons charges. Black's bail was set at $40,000 or $20,000 in cash.

Florida traffic stop leads to meth seizure

A routine traffic stop on the evening of April 3 led to the discovery and seizure of a significant quantity of methamphetamine according to a report from the Gainesville Police Department. A 41-year-old Gainesville man and a 38-year-old Deltona man were taken into custody at the scene in connection with the seized drugs. Media reports reveal that they have been charged with trafficking narcotics and possessing drug paraphernalia and are being held at a detention facility operated by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. The bonds for both men have been set at $51,000.

According to the GPD, the car the two men were traveling in was pulled over on Interstate 75, which is also known as Florida State Road 93, at approximately 7:45 p.m. for speeding and tailgating. The officer who made the stop says that he became suspicious when he noticed one of the men attempting to conceal an item by placing it between his legs. The officer claims that he then searched the man and found a plastic bag containing 5.2 grams of a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. A subsequent search of the car is said to have led to the discovery two sandwich bags containing a further 193 grams of the drug along with digital scales and a meth pipe.

Florida man accused of selling drugs near school

A Florida man has been charged with various drug possession offenses after cocaine, marijuana and drug processing and packaging materials were discovered in his home and vehicle, according to a report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. OCSO Deputies assisted by members of the Okaloosa County Street Crimes Unit conducted searches of the man's vehicle and Fort Walton Beach residence on March 21. Media accounts do not reveal what may have led law enforcement to believe that the Lloyd Street property was being used to store and distribute drugs.

Before the search warrant was executed, the man admitted to deputies that a container in his garage contained about 10 grams of marijuana. However, when deputies looked inside the container, they say they found cocaine hydrochloride that had been packaged for sale along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A search of the kitchen reportedly led to the discovery of additional items of drug paraphernalia including a device used to grind marijuana. Deputies say they found more cocaine hydrochloride and drug packaging materials in the man's car.

Florida corrections officer charged with fentanyl trafficking

A Florida corrections officer faces felony drug charges that carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years in prison after police allegedly discovered large amounts of drugs and drug paraphernalia in her home. The 33-year-old woman and her 35-year-old boyfriend were taken into custody when officers from the Hollywood Police Department executed a search warrant on March 7. Broward County court records reveal that she is being detained on a $100,000 bond.

According to a HPD report, the couple's alleged criminal activities came to light during an undercover narcotics operation. Police say that the pair trafficked fentanyl mixed with heroin less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school. During the search of the couple's residence, officers claim to have discovered approximately 65.6 grams of fentanyl, unspecified quantities of cocaine and heroin, a firearm, ammunition for the firearm, a credit card skimming device, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

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