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Drug Crimes Archives

Drug-trafficking fueling boom in Florida money-laundering?

It is said to be Florida's fastest growing suburb, adding residents to its sun-soaked streets faster than any other in the state. Just a two-hour drive southeast of Fort Myers, the booming town of Doral is known for growth, warmth and a bustling money-laundering industry fueled by illicit gains from the drug trade, a recent article in USA Today states.

Three-year investigation results in federal drug charges

A three-year federal investigation ran the length of America's eastern seaboard: from Florida up through Massachusetts and into Maine. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston, the extensive probe resulted in the arrests of 10 men (including two Florida residents) on charges of conducting large-scale trafficking of heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl.

What is the crime of drug paraphernalia possession?

Many people would be surprised to learn they risk getting accused of drug paraphernalia possession if law enforcement agents search their car or house. Florida law defines drug paraphernalia as any object that can be used to ingest, make, transport or package drugs. This is an extremely wide category, as many such objects are not specialized equipment that clearly point to drug involvement. The statute itself lists common household objects like scales, duct tape and plastic bags.

Florida cop who thought doughnut glaze was meth is reprimanded

Last year, a 64-year-old Florida man was pulled over for failing to stop as he left a convenience store parking lot and for then driving too fast. An Orlando police officer asked the man to step out of his vehicle. When he did, the officer noticed "a rock like substance on the floor board," she noted in her police report.

Drug addiction and self-medication

The typical narrative about people who get arrested for drug use often goes something like this: he liked to party, she hung out with the wrong crowd, they were always pushing boundaries. While this can be true of some people, many others end up addicted due to the influence of several types of health factors.

Fort Myers drug arrests: Two men and a mom at motel

Just a couple of days before the new year was rung in, two men and a mother were taken into custody at a Fort Myers motel. The Lee County Sheriff's Department said the men are each facing a series of weapons and drug charges after their arrests last week, while the woman is accused of child neglect.

How drug courts work

Drug addiction can stem from a variety of causes, including mental or physical illness, psychological trauma and more. Whatever the reason for their drug addiction, people with substance abuse generally need treatment for their addiction, not punishment. For this reason, Florida, along with many other states, has a system of drug courts geared to handle drug-related crime from the point of view of addressing the problems that led to drug addiction, rather than just handing out retribution.

Fort Myers drug arrest begins on the road

A recent arrest began as so many do: with a traffic stop. According to a news report by CBS affiliate WINK TV, detectives assigned to Lee County Sheriff's Office Highway Interdiction Unit pulled two vehicles over for traffic infractions yesterday.The Ford F350 and Cadillac SUV had been heading southbound on Interstate 75 when the drivers heard sirens and saw police lights and pulled over. Detectives later reported finding more than 94 pounds of marijuana in the Ford, while a search of the SUV revealed another 14 grams of cannabis and $6,000. 

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