How A St. Petersburg Lawyer Was Caught Trafficking Oxycodone
A St. Petersburg lawyer has been arrested on charges of trafficking Oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested when he was caught trying to smuggle Oxycodone pills into the Pinellas County Jail.
Byron T. Christopher, 31, of St. Petersburg, was arrested a few weeks ago after detention deputies at Pinellas County jail received a tip that Christopher was bringing controlled substances into the jail. They were also tipped off that Christopher was trying to find a third party to give him the drugs so he could complete the transaction.
Detectives set up an undercover ‘deal’ through the third party. Christopher agreed to smuggle 50 Oxycodone pills to the jail, and in return would receive 20 Oxycodone pills for himself.
He was arrested at a Mobile gas station in Clearwater where the deal went down. He was held at the Pinellas County Jail that night in lieu of $105,000 bail and has since been released.
This is not Christopher’s first arrest however; he was arrested on a spousal battery charge in August that was dropped. Christopher has been a lawyer in Florida for five years. He began his career as a Hillsborough assistant state attorney.
Oxycodone and the Law
Oxycodone is a powerful and addictive substance that is circulating around the country like an epidemic. With the help of pain clinics giving prescriptions to drug runners, the number of overdose deaths related to Oxycodone has soared over the past couple of years. Being charged with trafficking Oxycodone can lead to a mandatory prison sentence of three years or even longer.
Drug Trafficking Defense
Many Oxycodone offense cases involve false allegations. The best solution is consulting a criminal defense lawyer when you have questions about your circumstances. For example, 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.
Have a criminal defense lawyer help you build a strong case. Be proactive and you may be able to resolve the case in your favor.