Officials with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) admitted that the Tampa Bay region had an opioid problem just under a year ago. At the time, they explained how they had a big problem with residents buying powder-like concoctions off the street then dying from overdoses after consuming them. County officials noted that the number of deaths resulting from individuals doing this was at an all-time high.
Being convicted of a crime can significantly impact your ability to get federal financial aid such as student loans and Pell grants. Current laws make imprisoned individuals ineligible to receive almost any type of federal assistance to attend college. Incarcerated individuals may technically qualify for federal work-study programs, though, provided that they can find a position that allows them to assume employment from behind bars.
Drug addiction is a pandemic in the United States. It's so much of a problem that Florida lawmakers created the drug court system as an alternative to incarceration decades ago. In 1989, Miami-Dade County became the first jurisdiction to establish a drug court in the U.S.
Many Florida drug defendants review the evidence that prosecutors have amassed against them and assume that their lives are over. This isn't necessarily the case though. You and your Tampa attorney may be able to work out a deal with the prosecutor or judge handling your case that will allow you to participate in an alternative sentencing program.
One man was acquitted of cocaine trafficking charges in Florida after he was arrested in an expensive Airbnb vacation rental in Fort Lauderdale. The 36-year-old man was one of the less than 1% of people facing federal criminal charges who win acquittal at trial. He faced four drug charges that could have led to a life sentence if he had been convicted. The man, from the Dominican Republic, was arrested in a federal raid on July 3, 2019, where agents from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement found 900 pounds of cocaine. He was found trying to jump off a large 54-foot boat docked at the property.
Florida authorities recently arrested two men on drug trafficking charges after a package labeled "Bag Full of Drugs" was found in their vehicle during a traffic stop. The incident took place on Interstate 10 in the state's Panhandle area.
Police in Florida took seven people into custody on Jan. 15 during an operation dubbed "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." One of the suspects is a 51-year-old man whom police have accused of distributing drugs in Marion County. He faces a raft of charges including narcotics trafficking, possession and possession with the intent to distribute. Law enforcement agencies that took part in the investigation into the man's alleged activities include the Ocala and Dunnellon Police Departments, the Marion and Citrus County Sheriff's Offices, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The clerk manager at a Florida motel alerted local deputies to a man who attempted to pay for his room with counterfeit $100 bills. The employee at the motel located on Pine Forest Road near Interstate 10 said he refused to accept the bills that a man brought into the office and contacted the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
A Florida man has been sentenced to 25 years in a state prison for possessing a controlled substance, trafficking heroin and resisting arrest. The sentence was handed down during a Dec. 18 hearing in Escambia County. A spokesperson from the Office of the State Attorney said that the 46-year-old Pensacola resident was sentenced to the mandatory minimum for his offenses, which means that he will serve the entire 25 years.
Police in Florida have reported that a multi-state narcotics investigation has resulted in the apprehension of seven suspects on drug possession and drug trafficking charges and the seizure of illegal drugs worth more than $9 million. Three of the individuals taken into custody were in the United States illegally according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office representative.