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Palm Beach County Pain Clinic Overdoes Cases

Palm Beach County Pain Clinic Overdoes Cases

When Dr. Cynthia Cadet learned federal agents were raiding clinics where she had earned $1.2 million for 15 months of work, she called her boss to ask what was happening. “We were doing a service and we were paid to do it,” she told now imprisoned clinic owner Chris George in a conversation caught on tape by law enforcement officials. To her attorney, Cadet’s confusion about the March 2010 raids proves that she had no idea that her work, dispensing powerful narcotics to people who claimed they were in excruciating pain, was illegal. “She was doing a job,” attorney Michael Weinstein told a federal jury Thursday in closing statements. The prosecutor, Paul Schwartz, scoffed at the explanation. If Cadet was truly clueless, she would have been horrified, he said. He… […]

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Unlawful Prescription of a Controlled Substance

Unlawful Prescription of a Controlled Substance

A Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge ordered Barry Schultz can be released after posting $75,000 bond. ORIGINAL POST: A former Delray Beach-based doctor was arrested Tuesday on an allegation of overprescribing pain medication that resulted in the death of a patient, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Barry M. Schultz, 57, is facing charges of manslaughter and unlawful prescribing of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Tuesday evening and was being held without bail. Sheriff’s investigators alleged that Schultz overprescribed a lethal amount of the narcotic methadone to a patient. The patient, identified as David P. Tain, died in December 2010 after overdosing on pills that were provided by Schultz, the affidavit said. Schultz was arrested in March 2011 after deputies alleged… […]

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Cracking Down on Drug Smuggling in the Caribbean

Cracking Down on Drug Smuggling in the Caribbean

MIAMI — Federal authorities have intercepted $35 million worth of cocaine from alleged smugglers in the Caribbean Sea. Source On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard offloaded 2,300 pounds of cocaine at their base in Miami Beach. Officials said they seized the drugs after an air crew spotted suspicious packages on a boat last week. Drug trafficking is the term used to describe the production, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. In the United States, such drugs include cocaine, heroin, PCP, LSD, methamphetamines and marijuana. Globally, drug trafficking is a multibillion dollar industry. As a profitable industry, illegal drug sales also fund the purchase of illegal weapons often used to fund organized crime and civil wars in developing countries. Even with stringent law enforcement efforts and penalties, authorities worldwide engage in… […]

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DUI Offenses, Arrests and Penalties. Do You Have A DUI Lawyer To Represent You?

DUI Offenses, Arrests and Penalties. Do You Have A DUI Lawyer To Represent You?

Florida First Offense DUI Laws Under Florida law, DUI is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven. Fine Schedule s. 316.193(2)(a)-(b), F.S. First Conviction: Not less than $500, or more than $1,000. With Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. Second Conviction: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $2,000, or more than $4,000. Third Conviction More than 10 years from second: Not less than $2,000, or more than $5,000. With… […]

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Writ of Cert Florida DUI Criminal Case

Writ of Cert Florida DUI Criminal Case

Hiring a criminal defense lawyer who knows the Administrative rules of the Department of Motor Vehicles is the key to winning a DUI, Driving Under The Influence, Criminal Case in the State of Florida. Palm Beach County Florida Criminal Defense Attorney, Andrew D. Stine, knows the DMV Rules and the Administrative code as he has perfected many winning arguments not only at the DMV level but also at the Appellate Level. If you lose at the DMV level the proper jurisdiction for review is the Circuit Court in which the County where the DMV hearing was heard. The proper appellate motion to review the DMV hearing Officer’s judgment or decision is through a Writ of Cert. NOTE: The following Writ was filed and perfected by experienced Criminal Lawyer Andrew D.… […]

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Pill Mill Problem in Florida

Pill Mill Problem in Florida

Owning some of South Florida’s busiest pill mills was lucrative work and nothing held him back, Christopher George told a jury on Tuesday — not his complete lack of experience in the health care industry or even his criminal history as a convicted felon. “It brought in probably $40 million,” George said of the profits from the so-called pain management business in Broward and Palm Beach counties that he ran for three years. But there were hassles too and the main one was obvious to jurors as George — the star witness against two doctors accused of overprescribing pain pills and helping to cause the deaths of nine patients — testified Tuesday in federal court in West Palm Beach. The 32-year-old former Wellington man was handcuffed, shackled and is serving… […]

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Marijuana Arrests in Palm Beach County

Marijuana Arrests in Palm Beach County

In Palm Beach County, blacks per capita are arrested for marijuana possession nearly five times the rate of whites, according to a recent survey by the ACLU (source). Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and West Palm Beach NAACP President Lia Gaines have markedly different responses. Bradshaw, whose deputies patrol an area that includes half the county population, had an adamant retort to anyone who says they are targeting blacks. “We don’t care if the person is white, black, yellow or green,” Bradshaw said. “We arrest the people who commit the crimes.” But Gaines says the numbers tell a different story. “These numbers should provoke him to do a review,” she says. “He says they are not targeting blacks, but then he should find out why this happens. This is… […]

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Marijuana Laws, Legalization of Marijuana and Marijuana Criminal Charges

Marijuana Laws, Legalization of Marijuana and Marijuana Criminal Charges

The summit meeting of Western Hemisphere foreign ministers on legalizing marijuana took place last week and the ending revealed how rocky that path would be — and how many nations remained reluctant to join it. The frustration with current drug policy — with its high costs, death tolls in the tens of thousands across the Americas and persistent heavy flow of narcotics — is very real. Consensus on what to do about it, however, is much harder to come by. Diplomats here even tussled behind the scenes on how to follow up on the report and how further talks should be conducted. The focus on the crack in the door for legalization has obscured the fact that several countries in the thick of the problem, and not just the United… […]

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Banned Drug Use and Doping

Banned Drug Use and Doping

Alex Rodriguez, Others May Be Suspended in Doping Scandal-ESPN report Major League Baseball is expected to speak with the founder of defunct anti-aging clinic who is part of an ongoing investigation for allegedly supplying performance enhancing drugs to about 20 players, which could result in suspensions to superstars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, according to ESPN. Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis of America in Miami, Fla., has agreed to talk with MLB this Friday about its ongoing investigation and to supply information about the doping scandal, according to ESPN program “Outside the Lines,” citing sources familiar with the situation. Bosch is expected to say that he provided banned drugs to players and, in the case of Rodriguez, he injected the ailing New York Yankee slugger himself, ESPN reported. Rodriguez,… […]

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The Illegal Sale of Prescription Drugs

The Illegal Sale of Prescription Drugs

Due to their potential for abuse and addiction, many prescription drugs have been categorized by the US Drug Enforcement Administration in the same category as opium or cocaine. These include Ritalin and Dexedrine (stimulants), and the painkillers OxyContin, Demerol and Roxanol. Many illegal street drugs were at one time used or prescribed by doctors or psychiatrists but were later banned when the evidence of their harmful effects could no longer be ignored. Examples are heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine and Ecstasy. Abuse of prescription drugs can be even riskier than the abuse of illegally manufactured drugs. The high potency of some of the synthetic (man-made) drugs available as prescription drugs creates a high overdose risk. This is particularly true of OxyContin and similar painkillers, where overdose deaths more than doubled over… […]

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