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What Happens if I’m Charged with Growing Marijuana?

What Happens if I’m Charged with Growing Marijuana?

According to Diana Moskovitz of the Miami Herald, almost 50 marijuana grow houses were shut down all across Miami-Dade County in mid-June. By initiative of the federal government’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, officers on a one-day sweep seized more than 2,300 marijuana plants, $9,500 in cash, 126 Oxycodone pills, 11 grams of cocaine, seven firearms and one Audi, according to Miami-Dade police. After shutting down 49 hydroponic labs and making 42 arrests, the street value of the confiscated marijuana amounted to $9.4 million, police said. Another grow house was found and shut down in Vero Beach. This one housed 220 plants that had a street value of $2.4 million, only one person was arrested. Everyone arrested will be charged with marijuana-related offenses including cultivation of the plants, drug… […]

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How 140 New Florida Laws are Changing the Game

How 140 New Florida Laws are Changing the Game

140 new state laws took effect yesterday today here in Florida. The laws range in a wide variety from the acquisition of prohibited animals, to running red lights, and even the regulation of smoke shops. Criminal defense lawyers will be stepping up their game to understand the new laws taken into effect yesterday, and the crimes that will be committed as a result. Conditional/Prohibited Animal Species Purchasing, selling, bringing into the state, or giving away Burmese pythons is now illegal, but if you currently own one and acquired it legally, you are allowed to keep it. 52 pythons were caught since the commission opened hunting last year. Whitney Ray of West Palm Beach News Channel 5 reported that there are only 350 people who hold permits to own or sell… […]

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Why is Broward County the Capital of Oxycodone?

Why is Broward County the Capital of Oxycodone?

The drug industry is shifting from illegal street drugs to prescription pain pills. People are turning to the prevalent pain clinics to obtain their prescriptions for drugs like Oxycodone and Roxicodone. If you have been charged with drug crimes, contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you build your case. Broward County – Capital of Pain Pills According to MSNBC News: Broward County has become the pill capital of the US. Pain clinics see anywhere from 10 to 100 patients a day. Usually the doctors were found on the internet and hired to work in these clinics. The patients pay cash and don’t use insurance so they won’t be tracked. Florida is one of a handful of states that does not have a prescription drug database, so repeat prescriptions cannot… […]

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How to Reduce Drug Trafficking Charges

How to Reduce Drug Trafficking Charges

Florida has a seriously high rate of drug trafficking due to the plethora of ports and access. The South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area was created in an effort to assist law enforcement agencies with drug-related threats to public safety. Over the last three years, the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area has seized an average of $713 million worth of illicit drugs per year from regional and international drug trafficking organizations. These drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, methamphetamine, and several types of pharmaceutical medications. It is important to understand the consequences of drug trafficking and exactly what the law spells out for these types of crimes. If you ask any criminal defense lawyer, he or she will be able to interpret the law for you, but… […]

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Coast Guard Seizes 800 Pounds of Marijuana

Coast Guard Seizes 800 Pounds of Marijuana

The Coast Guard seized almost 800 pounds of marijuana around midnight Saturday from a 20-foot vessel traveling west from Bimini, Bahamas, according to a press release. After receiving reports of a suspicious vessel, crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback located and boarded the craft to conduct an safety inspection. The marijuana was discovered in plain sight. Crew members detained two suspected smugglers from the vessel, and they offloaded 47 bricks of marijuana with an estimated street value of $725,000 at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. The suspects were transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and the drugs and vessel were transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol officers in Fort Lauderdale. Drug Defense Many drug cases can be resolved if your criminal… […]

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Drug Trafficking in South Florida

Drug Trafficking in South Florida

Florida mandatory minimum drug laws are severe. Possessing more than four grams of oxycodone may result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years whether you intended to sell the drugs or not. Florida law states: 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $50,000. 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 7 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000. 400 grams or more, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 calendar years and pay a fine of $250,000. Florida law also… […]

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Meth Crimes in Palm Beach County

Meth Crimes in Palm Beach County

Methamphetamine is a serious and increasing threat in Florida. The most common “street names” for meth are “crystal,” “ice” and “crystal meth”. The drug has always been available and abused in the rural Palm Beach County areas but recently it has been seen in suburban and metropolitan areas. Methamphetamine production, distribution, and abuse are often associated with violent crime. Most of the meth available in this area is produced in high volume laboratories in California and Mexico, but now meth is produced locally in meth labs. These labs can be located anywhere – the house next door, hotels, motels, RV’s, campers, trailers and public storage facilities. There is a misconception that they are only located in shacks and run down motels. Not true. These labs have been found in very… […]

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Marijuana Grow Houses in Palm Beach County

Marijuana Grow Houses in Palm Beach County

A grow house is a home, warehouse or garage that is used for the production of marijuana and is usually located in a suburban residential neighborhood. The houses are typically outfitted with sophisticated hydroponic equipment to provide water, food and light for the plants. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water without soil. The houses themselves are kept in good condition so that they blend in with the neighborhood. Illegal electrical hookups are a common feature of grow houses. They save money and make it harder for authorities to identify them due to a spike in electrical usage. Florida – Grow House, U.S.A. Indoor marijuana manufacturing is on the rise in Florida. The state is second behind California in the burgeoning business. Palm Beach County ranks right behind… […]

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Cocaine Possession or Trafficking Charge – West Palm Beach

Cocaine Possession or Trafficking Charge – West Palm Beach

“There’s no happy ending to cocaine. You either die, you go to jail, or else you run out.” – Sam Kinison Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that comes from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a white crystalline powder that produces feelings of euphoria when it is consumed. It may also be dissolved in water and injected. Crack is a smokable form of cocaine that produces an immediate and more intense high. Both cocaine and crack can be combined with other drugs. Cocaine can be mixed with methcathinone (known as “cat,” which is similar to methamphetamine.) This makes a “wildcat.” A hollowed-out cigar filled with crack and marijuana called a “woolah.” Cocaine or crack mixed with heroin is called a “speedball.” But surprisingly, cocaine and alcohol make… […]

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Getting Arrested for Marijuana in Palm Beach County

Getting Arrested for Marijuana in Palm Beach County

Call marijuana what you want – pot, reefer, ganja, grass or weed. But if you get busted for it in Palm Beach County, you’re going to call it “trouble.” While many U.S. states have decriminalized possession of marijuana for recreational use, Florida still has draconian laws regarding this substance, especially when it comes to trafficking or cultivating it for purposes of distribution. Florida Law Under Florida law, possession of 25 or more plants (formerly 300 plants) is considered intent to sell or distribute, and is a second degree felony carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of… […]

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