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Man facing charges for giving teen methamphetamine

On May 14, a Florida man was taken into custody after he was accused of giving a teen girl methamphetamine before trying to have sexual intercourse with her. The arrest came after authorities had been investigating the case for nearly two months.

In late March, authorities executed a search warrant at the 41-year-old man's Zephyrhills home. During the search, a glass pipe, several SD cards and thumb drives were recovered. The glass pipe tested positive for methamphetamine. Authorities said that the SD cards contained footage dated just a few days before the search warrant was executed of the accused man in his bed with a 14-year-old girl. The girl in the video was identified as a Ward of the State who had been listed as a runaway when the incident occurred. The man was seen in the video rubbing the girl and telling her to remove her clothing. However, it did not appear that she complied with his requests.

Drugs seized and 21 people arrested in plant nursery sting

Twenty-one people were arrested and a variety of drugs and one weapon were seized in Florida during a police sting. The target of the operation was a plant nursery in Orange City that has been called a "drug compound" by those close to the case.

Police took 21 of the 27 people found on the nursery property into custody, including the plant nursery owner. The people on the property were reportedly found sleeping on the ground and in the pole barns. The drugs, which included cocaine, hash, methamphetamines, cannabis and heroin, along with a .35-caliber rifle were all seized and removed from the property.

Man sentenced to 15 years for sexual exploitation of a minor

On April 17, a Florida man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was convicted on a criminal charge associated with the sexual exploitation of a minor. Once he is released from prison, he will have 10 years of supervised probation and be required to register as a sex offender.

The 34-year-old man was accused of picking up a 16-year-old St. Lucie County girl after she ran away from her home. He had reportedly been conversing with her on social media sites. He took her back to his Stuart home where he reportedly had sexual intercourse with her after providing her food, alcohol, marijuana and methamphetamine. The man ultimately pleaded guilty to production of child pornography charges.

Synthetic cannabinoid charges in Florida

Popularly known in Florida as K2 or spice, synthetic cannabinoids are often sold as potpourri or incense in various stores. If you are charged with possessing synthetic cannabinoids with the intent to sell them, the consequences could be serious if a conviction is obtained.

K2 is made from chemicals that have now been classified as schedule 1 drugs. If you are convicted of possessing schedule 1 drugs with the intent to sell them, you may face a mandatory prison term that can last for years along with a substantial fine. If you are charged in federal court with a schedule 1 drug offense, you may also face simultaneous state charges.

Florida man facing charges following foot chase

According to reports from the Walton County Sheriff's Office, a 32-year-old Santa Rosa Beach man was taken into custody on April 27 following a vehicle stop and subsequent foot chase. The man reportedly ran away after his vehicle was stopped by deputies.

Law enforcement authorities report that another motorist called to report a person driving recklessly. Police located the man and pulled him over. He then ran away and was chased across six lanes of U.S. Highway 98. After catching him, officers then searched his car. Inside, they allegedly found heroin, pills, cocaine, marijuana and a firearm.

The serious consequences for a Florida DUI conviction

Alcohol is a major source of revenue and has a special place in many social rituals. However, it also creates a host of social risks, including the potential for intoxicated driving. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense in all 50 states, although each one takes its own unique approach.

In Florida, the law is very clear. Choosing to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by any drug or while under the influence of alcohol is a crime. If alcohol affects your ability to drive or it your blood alcohol content (BAC) is higher than 0.08 percent when you drive, that violates Florida law. Anyone facing criminal charges related to DUI should educate themselves about state law and the potential penalties.

Traffic stop in Florida leads to drug seizure

Police in Florida say that a traffic stop in the early hours of April 22 led to the seizure of cocaine and heroin. A 31-year-old woman has been charged with felony drug possession in connection with the narcotics haul. Reports indicate that she is being held at the Monroe County Jail, and her bond has been set at $58,500. She also faces several counts of possessing narcotics equipment and has been cited for driving without a valid driver's license.

The series of events began when deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office pulled over a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV on U.S. Route 1 in Key Largo. Reports indicate that the car was stopped because its registered owner, a 40-year-old man, was being sought by authorities in connection with a hit-and-run accident. Deputies say that the situation escalated when they discovered that the woman behind the wheel was driving with a suspended license.

5 Floridians charged with conspiring to distribute heroin

According to the United States Department of Justice, five people have been charged with conspiracy to distribute thousands of portions of fentanyl and heroin in Tampa. The federal indictment against the five was unsealed on April 19.

The indictment charges the five people with conspiring to distribute 100 grams of a fentanyl analog, 400 grams of fentanyl and in excess of a kilogram of heroin. The five people who were charged included a 32-year-old woman and four men who are ages 34,40,60 and 61. If the five are convicted as they have been charged, they could face up to life in prison.

Florida man found with heroin, firearms and Xanax

According to law enforcement officers with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, a Pensacola man was taken into custody after reportedly being found with heroin, firearms and Xanax. The incident happened on April 5 off of Gulf Beach Highway on Bremen Avenue.

Deputies were responding to a call in the area where the man was sitting in his parked vehicle. After smelling the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, they decided to investigate. The man who was sitting in the vehicle had four prior felony convictions,as it turned out.

Two men arrested after taking drugs to jail parking lot

Two Florida men are facing multiple charges after allegedly being caught with drugs in the parking lot of the Brevard County Jail. The incident occurred on March 5, and the charges were filed on April 10.

According to media reports, the defendants, ages 25 and 31, went to the jail to visit an incarcerated girlfriend. After the visit, the pair started to drive away in a white Ford Escape, but officers pulled them over because they said the 25-year-old was driving on a suspended license. Officers searched the vehicle and claim to have found several baggies of fentanyl inside. They also reportedly found methamphetamine hidden in a shoe, heroin-laced candies, a .380-caliber pistol and a stun gun.

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