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Florida Drug Trafficking Laws and Defense Attorney

Florida Drug Trafficking Laws and Defense Attorney

Receiving a drug possession or trafficking charge in the state of Florida can be a life changing experience. Having a good defense attorney remains a vital tool when attempting to get a drug charge dropped in court. Knowing your constitutional rights can prevent a police officer from performing an illegal search or seizure. Marijuana Possession of marijuana remains the most minor of all drug charges in the state of Florida. A marijuana possession conviction in the state of Florida remains on the defendant’s permanent record, which can make future employment quite difficult. Possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana in Florida, considered a first-degree misdemeanor, entails a penalty of up to a year in jail. The first-degree misdemeanor also carries a $1,000 fine. Possessing over 20 grams of marijuana can… […]

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Prosecution of Flakka Possession Charges in Florida

Prosecution of Flakka Possession Charges in Florida

South Florida has again become the pinnacle for the harms associated with a new designer drug on the market named Flakka. The local newspapers and local nightly television news stations, throughout South Florida, are providing story after story about bizarre behavior of individuals associated with the use of Flakka. Flakka is a second generation bath salt. Flakka is reportedly more addictive then Meth or Crack cocaine. Flakka is a synthetic drug, being produced predominately in China and then shipped to the United States through nationally recognized shipping companies. Flakka can be inhaled, injected, smoked and even dissolved in a liquid and consumed orally. The drug Flakka has been duped the $5.00 insanity drug. The cheap cost of the drug, as low as $5.00 a hit, allows all walks of society… […]

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Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Jeff George, often discussed in previous posts as a kingpin of pill mills, has finally been ordered to pay financial restitution to the family of 24-year-old Joey Bartolucci who died from overdosing on narcotics in 2009, supplied by the pill mills operated by the George brothers. Pill mills are pain clinics that often prescribed powerful narcotics like Oxycodone without discretion. These operations are under extreme scrutiny and heavy investigation because of the rising number of Oxycodone related overdose deaths. It is simply just too easy for addicts and drug dealers to get their hands on powerful prescription drugs. Jeff George Ordered to Pay Millions According to an article in WPTV News, Jeff George of Wellington, Fla., admitted to killing Joey Bartolucci nine months ago, by giving him access to massive… […]

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Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Jeff George, often discussed in previous posts as a kingpin of pill mills, has finally been ordered to pay financial restitution to the family of 24-year-old Joey Bartolucci who died from overdosing on narcotics in 2009, supplied by the pill mills operated by the George brothers. Pill mills are pain clinics that often prescribed powerful narcotics like Oxycodone without discretion. These operations are under extreme scrutiny and heavy investigation because of the rising number of Oxycodone related overdose deaths. It is simply just too easy for addicts and drug dealers to get their hands on powerful prescription drugs. Jeff George Ordered to Pay Millions According to an article in WPTV News, Jeff George of Wellington, Fla., admitted to killing Joey Bartolucci nine months ago, by giving him access to massive… […]

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Marijuana Grow House Found in St. Lucie Home

Marijuana Grow House Found in St. Lucie Home

Marijuana grow houses are becoming extremely popular in the state of Florida. Marijuana grow houses can be anything from garages, to abandoned trailers, to old houses and sheds. These structures are fortified to facilitate the growth of Marijuana and preparation for sale and distribution. If you have been charged with growing Marijuana, you may face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years and a felony criminal record. Marijuana Grow House in St. Lucie County A 54-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office investigators found about 200 marijuana plants at a “grow house” in northern St. Lucie County, according to an article in WPTV News. David Paul Sullivan was arrested on felony charges including cultivation of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana, and a misdemeanor charge of… […]

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First Arrest for Synthetic Marijuana in Florida

First Arrest for Synthetic Marijuana in Florida

For the first time since the rise of the popular “alternative” to marijuana – synthetic pot, an arrest has been made of a man accused of distributing the substance. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has dramatically shifted the movement against synthetic marijuana that has been freely available at gas stations and head shops throughout Florida. Florida legislators have been itching to act against the widely available psychoactive substance and now, this arrest in Palm Beach County marks the first ever federal charge for distributing a now controlled substance. Synthetic Marijuana in South Florida Forms of synthetic marijuana have been widely available in gas stations and head shops throughout South Florida, with popular names like “Spice,” “K2,” and “Mr. Nice Guy.” According to an article in WPTV News, an investigation was… […]

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Another Doctor Arrested for Trafficking Oxycodone

Another Doctor Arrested for Trafficking Oxycodone

South Florida is known as the pain-pill capital of the country for a reason. With hundreds of pain clinics flourishing throughout St. Lucie County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, addicts and doctor-shoppers will drive from states as far as Ohio to reap the benefits of pill mills and dispensing doctors. Police who track operations say that even though many pain clinics operate legally, people can often be seen driving from clinic to clinic procuring hundreds of pills at a time. Even though Florida legislation has attempted to regulate the doctor shopping epidemic, doctors continue to supply drug addicts and dealers with pills. St. Lucie County Oxycodone Trafficking St. Lucie County police arrested yet another doctor Thursday night on several charges including prescribing practitioner fraud and trafficking oxycodone and hydrocodone,… […]

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Are Your Tax Dollars Paying for Oxycodone Prescriptions in Pill Mills?

Are Your Tax Dollars Paying for Oxycodone Prescriptions in Pill Mills?

Did you know that Medicaid paid for more than 49 million doses of oxycodone pills over two years? The Palm Beach Post conducted an analysis of 1.7 million Florida prescription records but astoundingly, only 1.36 million adults are enrolled in Medicaid. There are no doubts that doctors in pill mills are continuing to peddle pills to addicts and drug dealers even as the state of Florida wars with the flow of prescription drug trafficking. The in-depth analysis breaks down the amount of prescriptions paid for by Medicaid in relation to the famous pill mill busts in 2010 and 2011. Oxycodone Trafficking in Florida The Palm Beach Post conducted an analysis on the flow of oxycodone throughout the state of Florida and where the funding for drug continues to come from… […]

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Drug Trafficking Shifting to Crack Cocaine from Prescription Drugs

Drug Trafficking Shifting to Crack Cocaine from Prescription Drugs

Law enforcement officers are seeing a rise in crack cocaine distribution around South Florida. The issue is making its way up the chain spurring undercover sweeps and the like. If you have been accused of possessing or trafficking cocaine, it is imperative you contact a lawyer immediately because law enforcement officials are trying to keep a closer eye on drug trafficking. Crack Down in St. Lucie County St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 40 people allegedly involved in trafficking crack cocaine, according to an article in WPTV News. The sweep has been dubbed “Operation Crack Down.” Investigators are saying the rise that they are seeing in crack cocaine is due to the recent increase in strict legislation on pills like prescription drugs, making it more of a… […]

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Update: Andrew D. Stine and Michael Kagdis Team Up to Appeal Felony Drug Charge

Update: Andrew D. Stine and Michael Kagdis Team Up to Appeal Felony Drug Charge

Criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine represented Michael Kagdis last year in a case involving drug charges, a confidential informant, and a potential illegal search and seizure. After Stine made his closing arguments in April 2011, Kagdis was acquitted of three of four felony drug charges. Now, Stine and his client Kagdis are appealing the final drug charge on account that the evidence found should be suppressed because it was the fruit of an illegal search and seizure. The Arrest Michael Kagdis was arrested on Aug. 14, 2009 after police searched his Midtown apartment and vehicle, finding both cocaine and and Roxycodone pills. Kagdis testified that his friend, the confidential informant in the case, had set him up. After an investigation, police found a plate of cocaine under her bed… […]

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