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Florida man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

A Florida man with a lengthy history of felonies is awaiting his sentencing after entering guilty pleas on his latest string of drug charges. His arrest occurred in the parking lot of a Lake Worth Budget Inn in Palm Beach. Officers from the country sheriff's department saw him speeding in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and confronted him in the motel's parking lot where they found 1.2 grams of marijuana in his possession, which he later acknowledged in his admission of facts.

At his sentencing hearing, he expects to get a prison sentence of at least 15 years for his convictions for drug possession, intent to distribute drugs and possessing a firearm as a felon. Additionally, he must answer for child neglect charges pending in the Palm Beach County Court. At the time of his arrest, he had a motel key for room number 12 in his pocket. When authorities searched the room, they found drugs and his 1-month-old son who had been left alone.

After his arrest, the man contacted the mother so that she could retrieve the child. Deputies accompanied the woman to the motel to recover the infant. The child had been placed face-down on the hotel bed, and the room contained a plastic bag of fentanyl, a .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol and crack cocaine.

When authorities seize evidence that could support drug charges, the defendant might want the insights of an attorney before entering a plea. An attorney could look for opportunities to challenge the prosecutor's assertion that evidence is associated with the person. Legal representation could help the defendant understand options for a plea deal or choose to fight charges during a trial.

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