Drug Trafficking Crimes, Oxycodone Pill Mill Investigation and Charges
Trafficking is defined under Florida criminal drug laws as,
“Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of X amount of a controlled substance or illegal drug.”
Florida Drug Trafficking Penalties
All FL drug trafficking crimes are First (1st) degree felonies and carry mandatory sentences. (§893.135, Fla. Statute)
What the Difference Between Trafficking, Smuggling, or Intent to Distribute?
Trafficking is a specific Florida criminal charge which has specific drug quantities listed in the law that define the amounts required for a trafficking charge. However, the circumstances involved in the transportation or sale of drugs are still open to interpretation.
Smuggling generally refers to bringing drugs into the country. It is typically a federal charge in federal court, instead of a Florida court.
Intent to Distribute is a more generic term that may increase the seriousness of the charges. Intent to distribute may be charged if they find drugs packaged in smaller quantities, or other evidence that may allegedly prove you were intending to sell drugs, such as scales, baggies, phone numbers. (source)
Florida Statewide Pill Mill Investigation
July 31, 2012
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Miami Regional Operations Center, the Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Hollywood Police Department recently announced the arrests of three more individuals linked to a yearlong statewide pill mill investigation.
Agents arrested the following individuals: Dr. John Wolf, 64, of Ft. Lauderdale, Ebony Pleasure, 29, of Opa Locka and Lajuane French, 40, of Miami. Each of the individuals was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering and one count of conspiracy to traffic in Oxycodone. All of the defendants were employed by or in an ownership position at the Med One Care Center located at 1380 NE Miami Gardens #260, North Miami Beach, Fla.
According to agents, Dr. Wolf allegedly prescribed Oxycodone to patients without conducting required medical exams.
Pleasure’s charges came from allegedly facilitating the “doctor shoppers” through the clinic.
French’s charges resulted from his alleged involvement in the sale of oxycodone as the owner of the Med One Care Center.
“Thanks to a strong, multi-agency effort, three more prescription drug traffickers have been arrested,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to rid our state of prescription drug abuse and prosecute those involved in Florida’s deadly pill mill operations.”
“With little-to-no medical evaluation, this doctor allegedly prescribed thousands of oxycodone pills,” said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “We will continue to investigate and arrest unscrupulous doctors who traffic in pharmaceuticals.”
West Palm Beach Oxycodone Charges Attorney
If you or someone you know is facing drug charges, consulting with a Drug Charges attorney is your 1st line of defense. At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida, our defense team has many years representing clients charged with drug crimes. We have a thorough understanding of Florida laws and how to apply them to your unique case. Contact our firm to discuss your case in a free initial consultation.
Many Oxycodone offense cases involve false allegations. The police may notice the medication during a routine traffic stop and charge you with possession. If the amount of Oxycodone is over four grams, the police can charge you with drug trafficking. However, neither of these are valid allegations if you have a prescription for the medication or the pills were left over from a former prescription. If you have a prescription, having possession of the drugs is legal.
The law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., is involved in many high profile criminal cases throughout Florida. One of our cases involved a doctor charged with racketeering and administering Oxycodone, Methodone and Roxicodone unlawfully. By being proactive, we can often resolve these cases in our clients’ favor.