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Who Can Help After Illegal Immigration and Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Who Can Help After Illegal Immigration and Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Even though I have written an extensive amount of articles on pain pills and how illegal use of prescription drugs is becoming the most prevalent drug problem in south Florida, Marijuana is still a haughty front-runner for drug crimes. According to a recent article in WPTV News, five undocumented migrants arrived on shore Sunday morning in southern St. Lucie County close to Jensen Beach. They were apprehended and had possession of two duffel bags that contained about 110 pounds of marijuana. A 911 call around 7 a.m. reported the suspects were seen near the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. They were seen dripping with water and carrying the two duffel bags. There were five adults including two Jamaican men and one woman; one Haitian man; and a Bahamian man. The federal… […]

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135 Arrested in Oxycodone Bust

135 Arrested in Oxycodone Bust

According to an article in Ocala.com, authorities arrested 135 people and seized more than $150,000 in drugs in a nearly four-month crackdown on the trafficking of prescription pills in North Florida. Fifty-eight of those arrested were nabbed in Marion County during the effort, which was dubbed “Operation Growing Pains.” It began Sept. 1 and concluded Dec. 15 and involved law enforcement officials from the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. HIDTA, as it’s known, is made up of counties stretching from Jacksonville to Ocala. The operation targeted illegal sales of prescription pills, pill mills, doctor-shopping and prescription drug frauds throughout North Florida. In all, agents seized 16,978 pills with a street value of $152,823 and made 135 arrests. The total value of pills, assets and currency seized was $4,337,977.08.… […]

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What To Do After You’re Arrested For Growing Marijuana

What To Do After You’re Arrested For Growing Marijuana

According to WPTV News, another marijuana grow house has been found here in South Florida. Now that the cocaine boom of the past couple decades is dying down, marijuana grow houses are becoming one of the most popular form of drug cultivation and trafficking throughout South Florida. Recently, a Boynton Beach man was caught via a traffic violation. Police found several marijuana plants in the trunk of his car. Later, when Boynton Beach Police searched the home of Jerome Hal Albanese, 48, they found more than 300 additional plants at a street value of over half a million dollars. They also found handguns, rifles, and about $60,000 in cash. The grow house was set up with an elaborate system that allowed Albanese to grow and produce about 300 plants every… […]

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How A St. Petersburg Lawyer Was Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

How A St. Petersburg Lawyer Was Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

A St. Petersburg lawyer has been arrested on charges of trafficking Oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested when he was caught trying to smuggle Oxycodone pills into the Pinellas County Jail. Byron T. Christopher, 31, of St. Petersburg, was arrested a few weeks ago after detention deputies at Pinellas County jail received a tip that Christopher was bringing controlled substances into the jail. They were also tipped off that Christopher was trying to find a third party to give him the drugs so he could complete the transaction. Detectives set up an undercover ‘deal’ through the third party. Christopher agreed to smuggle 50 Oxycodone pills to the jail, and in return would receive 20 Oxycodone pills for himself. He was arrested at a Mobile gas station… […]

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How A Father Was Caught Smoking A Joint to Celebrate His Son’s Birth

How A Father Was Caught Smoking A Joint to Celebrate His Son’s Birth

According to an article in WPTV News, a Pennsylvania man is now facing drug charges after lighting up a Marijuana joint at a western Pennsylvania hospital to celebrate his child’s birth. Police are not identifying the father who lit up a joint, instead of a cigar, in a designated smoking area of Uniontown Hospital Tuesday morning. Uniontown police Sgt. Jonathan Grabiak told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that a nurse smelled the pot when she took a cigarette break in the same area. A hospital security guard then called police about 3:20 a.m. The man was released to a family member and made to leave the hospital. He will be facing marijuana possession charges. “I’m having a baby and wanted to get a buzz,” the man said to Sgt. Grabiak, and then… […]

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How A Teen Was Caught With Candy Bags of Cocaine

How A Teen Was Caught With Candy Bags of Cocaine

There are stories that are reported on a daily basis about drug trafficking, drug crimes, and drug busts. Many of these cases turn out to be some of the most elaborate schemes put on by professional criminals from all over the world. Some drug dealers however, are so sloppy and careless, that even they make headlines: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A teenager from Puerto Rico is accused of trying to smuggle cocaine through a South Florida airport. Federal officials say 18-year-old Jose Manuel Torres Perez of Puerto Rico arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday with suspiciously thick bags of clothes and candy. According to a criminal complaint, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer sliced open the bags and found a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.… […]

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How Pill Mil Brothers were Indicted for Weapons Possession, Not Drug Trafficking

How Pill Mil Brothers were Indicted for Weapons Possession, Not Drug Trafficking

In March of this year, federal authorities teamed up with the Palm Beach County police and raided pain clinics in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach owned by twin brothers Chris and Jeff George, 29. This was the beginning of a long and thorough investigation that has redefined the issues of prescription drug trafficking. The George brothers and the doctors working for them were earning millions from their pain clinics. Chris and Jeff George amassed millions in property and lived in excess while drug traffickers and dealers continued to route supplies from pain clinics owned by the Georges to Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina. Chris George accumulated approximately $40 million in assets, $25 million of which is still unaccounted for. One of the cash-only pain clinics was said to have… […]

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What Happens When A Meth Lab is Busted?

What Happens When A Meth Lab is Busted?

In Port St. Lucie, FL, Sheriff’s deputies busted a methamphetamine lab Tuesday. The lab was located in a shed behind a home that belonged to 25-year-old Sergiy Matirniy. The case began when employees at a pool supply store notified police of a man attempting to make suspicious purchases. The men working in the pool supply store asked Matirniy why he needed the chemicals and he said he was trying to create chloroform. After refusing to sell him the chemicals, the store employees notified police. Police arrived on the scene and searched Matirniy’s vehicle. They found materials that raised a red flag including wires, zip-ties, and electronic devices. Suspicious of what they found, police requested a search warrant for Matirniy’s home. Police then discovered the meth lab and evacuated the neighborhood. A… […]

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How Even a Public Defender can be Arrested for a DUI

How Even a Public Defender can be Arrested for a DUI

According to a recent report by WPTV News Channel 5, the head of the judicial circuit’s re-entry program was arrested for a DUI Sunday. Kristin Webster, a public defender symbolized as the icon of hope for many jail inmates, was seen by police swerving along Indian River Drive, with her taillights out.She was pulled over and officers say she smelled of alcohol. Webster refused a roadside sobriety test. She was arrested for a misdemeanor DUI, and when officers took her into custody, they say she blew multiple Breathalyzer tests around 2.0 – more than twice the legal limit. She has bonded out of jail.Her passenger, Scott Krueser was arrested for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. Kristen Webster has been running the 19th judicial circuit’s re-entry program for nine years. The program… […]

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Is Cocaine Trafficking On its Way Out?

Is Cocaine Trafficking On its Way Out?

Drug crimes in Florida are a serious offense. Criminal Defense Attorneys understand that drug trafficking charges usually depend on the type of drug and the amount in possession. According to NWF Daily News, a father and son from Fort Walton Beach were sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday, for cocaine trafficking. James “Starchild” Musgrove, 46, and his son, 27-year-old Muhammad Shakein Williams pleaded guilty April 16 in U.S. District Court. The men were charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute powdered cocaine in excess of 5 kilograms, as well as possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams. The amount of cocaine involved had an estimated wholesale value of $300,000, according to the release. Monitoring the Future Survey According… […]

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