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West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

The DEA deemed synthetic marijuana, or synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants into the Controlled Susbtances Act, making it very illegal to possess or sell any substance that is considered a synthetic alternative to marijuana. Spice and K2 are incenses created by a mixture of chemicals that people have been smoking, as it has a similar stimulating effect to that of marijuana. Selling any controlled substance is a felony and if you are accused of this crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Synthetic Marijuana in West Palm Beach According to WPTV News, a three-month investigation into the suspected sale of illegal “synthetic marijuana” resulted in the arrests Thursday of a suburban West Palm Beach smoke shop owner and a shop employee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Monica Lee,… […]

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What is the Law for Possession of Cocaine?

What is the Law for Possession of Cocaine?

Marijuana and prescription drugs seem to be making the news more often than others, but cocaine still has a strong presence in drug trafficking and other criminal activity. The law against possession of cocaine still stands strong and is continuing to land people who chose to possess or traffic cocaine in prison. Real estate titan Francis “Chappy” Adams was charged and arrested recently on a felony count of cocaine possession. The Crime Francis “Chappy” Adams, who runs Palm Beach County’s largest real estate firm, was charged with a felony count of cocaine possession last week after trying to board a plane at Palm Beach International Airport, according to the Palm Beach Post. He was stopped by TSA Agents after they noticed an “abnormal object” in his pocket after he passed… […]

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Update: Mother of Fugitive Officer of the Year due to Appear in Court

Update: Mother of Fugitive Officer of the Year due to Appear in Court

As discussed in two previous blog posts, Officer David Britto, 28, was named Officer of the Year for 2010. His name hit headlines for different reasons however as he was indicted in early July on charges of conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. He was facing life in prison and recently, removed his ankle monitor and boarded a plane for Brazil. Britto is now a fugitive and his mother has been accused of allegedly lying to federal agents about her son’s whereabouts. Lying to Federal Agents David Britto pleaded not guilty to the charges on July 18 and left jail on $100,000 bond. He remains on administrative leave from the police department. Britto removed his ankle monitor and failed to appear for his trial on drug charges… […]

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How TSA Officers were Arrested for Assisting in Drug Trafficking

How TSA Officers were Arrested for Assisting in Drug Trafficking

When police officers and other law enforcement personnel abuse their authority to make a profit, it will usually end up in headlines. This particular case busted TSA Agents and a Florida Trooper accused of assisting drug traffickers in their efforts to peddle prescription pain pills across the country. Prescription pain pill trafficking seem to be one of the hottest topics in the crime world recently. Drug Trafficking TSA Agents Three Transportation Security Administration officers and two other law enforcement officers were arrested, according to WTPV News. They face charges of accepting cash or gift cards in exchange for permitting prescription drug dealers to move tens of thousands of highly addictive prescription drugs such as Oxycodone through airports and across highways. The TSA officers were based at airports in Florida and… […]

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How Pain Clinics in South Florida have been Skirting New Laws

How Pain Clinics in South Florida have been Skirting New Laws

A consistent headline in the news is how pain clinics are a growing problem. South Florida is considered to be the hotspot for pain clinics and by proxy, prescription drug trafficking. Doctors at pain clinics have an underhanded reputation for handing out prescriptions like they’re candy for highly addictive drugs like Oxycodone. As law enforcement continues to crack down on drug traffickers disguised as pain clinics, drug traffickers continue to find loopholes around the law. Pain Clinic Central in South Florida WPTV News reports that Florida’s drug czar is warning South Florida law enforcement about potential loopholes that pill mills have found. The number of pain clinics trying to establish themselves as pharmacies has surged recently causing law enforcement to start sweating. While pain clinics do rake in a significant… […]

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How Will the New Prescription Drug Law Affect You?

How Will the New Prescription Drug Law Affect You?

Last week, the pill mill brothers finally made an appearance in court facing federal weapons charges and murder charges all in relation to the prescription drug mills they are accused of running in South Florida. Clearly lawmakers are attempting to react to the surge of prescription drug trafficking proliferating throughout Broward County attracting doctor shoppers and drug dealers all the way from states like Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Pill Mill Regulation The regulation of pill mills has finally made its way into law. According to an article in WPTV News, pharmacists are now required by law to enter certain patients’ information into a statewide database that will monitor prescriptions of highly addictive prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, and Ambien. This requirement does not apply to anti-depressants or blood pressure… […]

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Update: Pill Mill Brothers Face a Judge

Update: Pill Mill Brothers Face a Judge

The pill mill brothers, Chris and Jeff George, were indicted in October of last year on federal weapons charges. The two were indicted and arrested along with several doctors working for them in their pain clinics after amassing millions from their pain clinics. The brothers were living a lavish lifestyle while the doctors they employed supplied prescription pills to drug traffickers and dealers pouring in from Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina. Prescription Pill Trafficking and Weapons Charges Now, Jeff George is facing second-degree felony murder charges in the overdose death of Joey Bartolucci, who visited one of his pain clinics in January of 2009. Chris and Jeff George finally faced the judge Wednesday morning after the prolonged federal and state crackdown on the George’s cash-only pain clinics came to a… […]

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How are Smoke Shops Reacting to the Bong Bill?

How are Smoke Shops Reacting to the Bong Bill?

In July of last year, the “bong bill” law was enacted causing serious disturbances among smoke shop owners (also called head shops) all across Florida. The bong bill threatened to close down several smoke shops in Florida as it deemed it illegal for stores to make less than 75 percent of their income from tobacco. The Bong Bill After the bill was enacted, several smoke shops everywhere began suing to squash it. Smoke shops everywhere were forced to close because the bill made it a misdemeanor for the shops to make more than 25 percent of their revenue from the sale of bongs, pipes, and any other smoking related items. Around thirty to forty shops joined the cause in acting against the law arguing that the law cannot hold shop… […]

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Can Oxycodone Busts Happen Outside of Pain Clinics?

Can Oxycodone Busts Happen Outside of Pain Clinics?

South Florida is known as the pain pill capital of the United States. Prescription drug schemes can be found anywhere but the most common place for it is in pain clinics spearheaded by doctors trying to make an illegal profit. Recently, a prescription drug bust occurred at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera Beach. Usually, doctors in pain clinics try to make a quick profit by skimping on medical exams and providing prescription drugs like oxycodone to patients who don’t necessarily need it. Pain clinics are a huge problem in the effort against prescription drug trafficking and the law is cracking down. Prescription Drug Trafficking in Riviera Beach In Riviera Beach, a seven month undercover investigation has come to a close at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera… […]

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Should Doctors at Pain Clinics be Worried?

Should Doctors at Pain Clinics be Worried?

Law enforcement officers in South Florida are cracking down on pain clinics. The FDLE and DEA are very concerned with the amount of prescription pain pills that are being illegally peddled through pain clinics. The doctors of several pain clinics have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking. There is usually a residual charge of fraud as well. A criminal defense lawyer can explain the whole process if you have been charged with drug trafficking. Pill Mill in West Palm Beach West Palm Beach doctor Dr. John Christensen is under investigation after the FDLE conducted a raid on his pain clinics and home, totaling in a raid of four locations. Dr. Christensen has not been arrested or charged with any crime but due to the multi-agency investigation, his license to… […]

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