A man from Key Largo has been arrested by police on drug crimes allegations. The arrest followed a joint federal, state and county sting operation. Police had been investigating the defendant's involvement in local heroin and cocaine dealings for some time.
Agents from homeland security, the State Attorneys' Office and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrested the 35-year-old man last Thursday. In addition, they arrested a 26-year-old woman who had arranged a meeting between the 35-year-old man and an informant at a resort in Key Largo.
After the meeting was arranged, the 35-year-old man allegedly sold 3.4 grams of heroin to the informant for a total of $900. An hour later, the informant contacted the man and said he wanted to buy 4.4 grams of cocaine for $390. Later, Homeland Security agents and deputies secured a search warrant to enter the man's hotel room. Inside, they allegedly found a total of 32 grams of cocaine, alprazolam pills, and various pieces of drug paraphernalia.
The drug crimes allegations being brought against the 35-year-old man and 26-year-old woman in this case are exceedingly serious. However, any Florida resident accused of a drug crime should remember that they will remain innocent of the crimes until -- and only if -- a court of competent jurisdiction rules that they are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Until such a conviction has occurred, drug crime defendants will have every opportunity to employ a criminal defense lawyer to help them try to get their charges dropped or dismissed, obtain a verdict of not guilty, and/or reduce the severity of their punishments.
Source: flkeysnews.com, "Key Largo sting results in heroin, cocaine bust," David Goodhue, accessed Sep. 30, 2016