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Police take family members into custody after lottery win

Authorities in Orlando say that a 39-year-old man and his 59-year-old mother were taken into custody on the same day that they claimed a $20,000 lottery jackpot. The man was charged with heroin possession as well as selling drugs within 1,000 yards of a school. His mother was charged with selling heroin within 1,000 yards of a school. A search of the home where the two were staying yielded pills believed to be MDMA, Xanax and Clonazepam.

Police say that there was a third person in the home who was charged with a probation violation for possessing ammunition as a convicted felon and habitual driving on a suspended license. That person was a 34-year-old female who was the son's girlfriend. Authorities said that the three were booked into Volusia County Branch Jail, and the mother and son made bail and were released. The girlfriend was not allowed to make bail because of the nature of her probation violation.

Florida deputy accused of fabricating drug cases

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced on July 11 that a former Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged with a raft of felony counts for planting drugs in the vehicles of drivers he pulled over. The 26-year-old man has been fired by the JCSO and is being detained without bond at the Wakulla County Jail. In addition to multiple felony counts of drug possession, fabricating evidence, racketeering, false imprisonment and official misconduct, the man faces misdemeanor charges including perjury and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a FDLE statement, the investigation into the man's activities began in August 2018 and involved scrutinizing approximately 1,300 hours of video footage. Investigators believe that the man violated the JCSO's policy requiring body cameras to conceal his alleged illegal activities. The special agent in charge told reporters that he was convinced the man's actions were intentional and resulted in innocent people being sent to jail.

Doesn't a police officer need probable cause to stop my vehicle

If you are like others here in Orlando, you may believe that police need "probable cause" to initiate a traffic stop. The truth is that they don't.

Police only need "reasonable suspicion" to pull you over. At this point, you may be asking yourself, "What's the difference?" If so, read on because it's an important distinction.

Narcotics operation in Florida leads to 47 arrests

Officials in Florida announced on June 28 that 47 individuals were taken into custody by the Lake County Sheriff's Office during a two-day narcotics operation. A further 23 arrests are expected according to media reports. Deputies apprehended figures alleged to be high and mid-level drug traffickers as well as individuals accused of selling methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and heroin on the street.

The investigations that led to the apprehensions lasted for about six months and involved law enforcement agencies from Citrus and Sumter counties as well as the LCSO. The agency has launched at least seven such investigations since announcing in 2017 that it planned to allocate additional resources to the war on drugs. The individuals taken into custody face a range of narcotics charges including drug possession, drug distribution, and solicitation to purchase drugs.

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.

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