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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lawyer for a man arrested in Southwest Miami-Dade County has filed a motion to challenge the validity of a search and seizure. The public defender argued in his court filing that the increasing legality of marijuana products in the state eliminated its scent as a reason to suspect criminality.
Every state in the U.S. currently faces a devastating opioid crisis. The addictive prescription drugs have caused 1700 deaths by overdose in Florida alone. Many factors contribute to the widespread abuse of opiates, including the over-prescription of these drugs by physicians.