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Category Archives: Drug Crime

How Serious is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

How Serious is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a residual charge usually added on to a drug possession or drug trafficking charge. While possession of drug paraphernalia is a first-degree misdemeanor, it is punishable by up to a year in jail and expensive fines. Even if you walk away on probation for the misdemeanor offense, you most likely could end up with a permanent criminal record. Drug Possession and Paraphernalia in Long Key A Monroe County sheriff’s deputy saved the life of a Miami man hallucinating on mushrooms and apparently intent on drowning himself Saturday. Daniel Yepez, 21, began running when Deputy Nicholis Whiteman responded to a call. Yepez ran into the water saying he wanted to drown. Deputy Whiteman and Yepez’s friend Jason Mavila ran after him. The three struggled but Whiteman… […]

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Florida Drug Statute Declared Unconstitutional – What This Could Mean for You

Florida Drug Statute Declared Unconstitutional – What This Could Mean for You

Florida’s passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act in 2002 that eliminated criminal intent as an element of the crime. Florida is the only state to eliminate criminal intent. A federal judge has now declared this drug statute as unconstitutional saying that criminal intent is not required to be proven by prosecutors. Florida’s Drug Crimes According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven used the example of a student who hides his cocaine in a friend’s backpack without telling him. The friend has no idea it was there but is still guilty of possession due to the Florida statute, even if he had no intent to possess it or didn’t know it was there. Judge Scriven stated that elimination of the… […]

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Update: Officer of the Year Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

Update: Officer of the Year Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

As discussed in a previous blog post on July 8th, Boynton Beach Police Department’s ‘Officer of the Year’ for 2010, 28-year-old David Britto, was indicted earlier this month on charges of conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that Britto has been drug dealing from June 2009 until March 4, 2011 when he was caught in a DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation. If convicted, Britto is facing life in prison. On Monday, Britto pleaded not guilty before a U.S. Magistrate judge. He remains on paid administrative leave. According to WPTV News, Britto has faced a total of seven internal affairs investigations since he was hired in 2006, three of those allegations against him sustained. In 2008, he was suspended for cursing at… […]

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How an Officer of the Year Could Spend his Life in Prison

How an Officer of the Year Could Spend his Life in Prison

Sometimes even law enforcement officers get caught up in crime. When an officer is accused of committing a crime, it ends up in the news followed by community outrage. Officers are supposed to represent societal integrity and moral fiber. Seeing someone supposedly committed to the law indicted for drug trafficking can be hard on the community. Officer of the Year Caught Dealing Drugs According to an article in WPTV News, the Boynton Beach Police department’s ‘Officer of the Year’ for 2010 was indicted Tuesday. David Britto, 28, is accused of conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that Britto has been drug dealing from June 2009 until March 4, 2011 when he was caught in a DEA led Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation.… […]

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Why it’s Dangerous to be a Pain Clinic Doctor in Palm Beach County

Why it’s Dangerous to be a Pain Clinic Doctor in Palm Beach County

There have been three pain clinic raids in the last 10 days in Palm Beach County. According to an article in WPTV news, Palm Beach County Police have been sweeping the county and cracking down on unregistered pain clinics and digging up more information on clinics that seem to be participating in suspicious activities. If you are a doctor or an owner of a pain clinic, tread with caution as you are now in the spot light of Palm Beach County Police. Pain Clinics Under Scrutiny According to the article, a Boca Raton doctor is behind bars, accused of handing out pain medications. Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies raided the Southern Care Pain Management and Wellness Center in Palm Springs Friday. This is the third raid of a suspected pain… […]

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How a Doctor was Arrested for Trading Oxycodone for Sex

How a Doctor was Arrested for Trading Oxycodone for Sex

Doctors who get caught and arrested for trafficking prescription pills are often caught due to witnesses or discrepancies in the prescriptions they assign, or even when pharmacies report suspicious activity by patients who come in for a large amount of pills. A doctor from Palm Beach Gardens  was caught because of attempting to trade pills for sex. The Scene of the Crime The following article can be found in WPTV News: A Palm Beach Gardens doctor had his license suspended after his April 28 arrest on charges of trading pain pills for sex, state health officials said Thursday. Dr. Scott Oster was arrested at a hotel on April 28 after he wrote prescriptions for an oxycodone drug to a woman he had arranged to meet for sex, the Department of… […]

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How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

Drug-related crime covers a significant percentage of all crime committed in South Florida. Many officials believe that the huge drug problem in our area is due to the close proximity to international ports. International ports make it much easier for drug traffickers to transport large amounts of drugs to South Florida for distribution elsewhere. However, criminals are becoming more creative with their distribution methods – including using the Internet. Drug Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a new form of drug distribution is catching the attention of law enforcement. Two U.S. senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency. Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website… […]

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How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

Drug-related crime covers a significant percentage of all crime committed in South Florida. Many officials believe that the huge drug problem in our area is due to the close proximity to international ports. International ports make it much easier for drug traffickers to transport large amounts of drugs to South Florida for distribution elsewhere. However, criminals are becoming more creative with their distribution methods – including using the Internet. Drug Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a new form of drug distribution is catching the attention of law enforcement. Two U.S. senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency. Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website… […]

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How Marijuana Dealers are Getting More Creative When Selling

How Marijuana Dealers are Getting More Creative When Selling

Marijuana dealers are getting more and more creative with their methods of distribution. As the local government invests more money, time, and officers in an attempt to squash the marijuana craze in Palm Beach County, dealers are stuffing their pot into anything from cupcakes to Subway sandwich bags. Marijuana Methods of Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a Fort Pierce Subway employee was arrested on Thursday morning by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s investigators who said she was selling marijuana to patrons who asked for ‘extra meat’ on their sandwiches. Elizabeth Hunter, 47 known as “Liz” was allegedly selling marijuana from inside a Hess gas station/Subway Fort Pierce. According to St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office on May 10th and May 26th, undercover deputies used the code words ‘extra meat’… […]

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Why Marijuana Grow Houses are Easy to Find

Why Marijuana Grow Houses are Easy to Find

According to an article in WPTV News, a marijuana grow house was busted on Wednesday after police accidentally stumbled upon it. Usually, grow houses are caught and found through informants, anonymous tipsters, or sting operations. This one however, the police sniffed their way into. The Crime According to the article, two uniformed officers patrolling the Pelican Pointe town home got a whiff of marijuana near the pool area. They followed their noses and saw Jesse Duncans, 26, smoking marijuana in the rear patio of a town house. Several plants were growing in pots on a table right next to him out in the open. The officers promptly approached Duncans and identified themselves. He immediately bolted inside with a handful of marijuana in his hands. The police chased him fearing he… […]

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