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February 2019 Archives

Designer drugs and serious criminal consequences

While many people equate drug crimes with cocaine, heroin or marijuana, designer drugs can have just as potent effects – and significant criminal consequences. Also known as club drugs, party drugs or rave drugs, these substances are functional analogs chemically designed to mimic the pharmacological effects of the target drug. Incorrectly thought to be less dangerous to users than street drugs, designer drugs are addictive, habit-forming and carry the same severe criminal penalties.

The SEC takes action against a former Apple lawyer

Florida residents may be interested to learn that the SEC filed a lawsuit on Feb. 13 against a corporate attorney who formerly worked for Apple. According to the SEC's public filing, the lawyer used his corporate position to engage in blatant insider trading. He allegedly gained or saved over $380,000 through illicit means. Because federal white-collar crimes cause people to lose faith in investment and financial systems in general, society recognizes that these offenses are quite serious. The lawyer could face up to 20 years in prison as well as a $5 million fine.

Florida sheriff sets free 11 people jailed on false drug charges

The sheriff in Martin County has chosen to release 11 people from custody after the discovery that a deputy was falsifying drug evidence. Strange lab results alerted the sheriff to the situation. According to his internal investigation, he could not identify anything credible in the reports filed by a rookie deputy. The sheriff fired the deputy who had only been with the department for 11 months.

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