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.
According to officers with the Melbourne Police Department, two people were arrested following the execution of a search warrant. Detectives with the special investigations unit and the SWAT team executed the search warrant before 11 a.m. on Jan. 10.
The rapper YNW Melly was taken into custody in South Florida on Jan. 3 and charged with multiple drug offenses. The 19-year-old was charged with a count of possession of marijuana of less than 20 grams and use of drug paraphernalia. The rapper said that he believed that he would be released at some point before his next tour was set to begin.
On December 20, Florida officials announced the arrests of dozens of defendants as the result of two drug operations aimed at reducing drug activity in Fernandina Beach. The operations were coined "Operation City Sweep" and "Operation Ice Breaker" by authorities.
On Dec. 4, the federal government announced the arrest of 18 people who are allegedly connected with a violent Florida drug trafficking ring called the "Bird Gang." The arrests were the culmination of a one-year investigation by federal and state authorities.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on Nov. 16 that the pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens had been added to a lawsuit that her office filed in May against a number of leading pharmaceutical companies. The litigation accuses the drug companies and retail chains of fueling an opioid epidemic by creating an illegitimate demand for and recklessly distributing potentially lethal narcotic painkillers.
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.
On Oct. 20, Florida authorities arrested a 24-year-old man after they allegedly found him in possession of more than 5 ounces of heroin. According to the Martin County Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled over the defendant in Jensen Beach near the intersection of Northeast Indian River Driver and Northeast Palmer Street at approximately 11:50 p.m. The man was allegedly driving with an expired license.
On Sept. 17, Florida authorities announced the arrests of 10 people allegedly connected with a drug distribution ring in the central part of the state. One person remains at large.
On August 23, Florida authorities arrested a man and a woman for allegedly dealing drugs out of their mobile home's kitchen window. A raid of their Ocala property uncovered fentanyl and various pieces of drug paraphernalia.