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Are Pot Cupcakes the New Pot Brownies?

Are Pot Cupcakes the New Pot Brownies?

For drug dealers, the method of distribution is a key component to whether or not they are caught by law enforcement officers. Marijuana is such a diverse drug that it can be cooked into several concoctions that often slip right past law enforcement and into the drug market. According to an article in MSNBC Miami, a drug dealer has been selling Marijuana to South Miami high school students in the form of individual chocolate flavored cupcakes wrapped in tin foil for about $10 each. The baker/drug dealer was arrested Friday during a sting that caught 11 suspects. $6,000 worth of hydroponic Marijuana, along with the several more cupcakes, was confiscated. According to the South Miami police, it remains unclear if the man was baking the cupcakes himself or if he… […]

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How Pharmacy Databases are Leading to Arrests of Meth Makers

How Pharmacy Databases are Leading to Arrests of Meth Makers

Authorities are cracking down on methamphetamine labs across Florida in a new way – through an online database. A new statewide database will now block cold and allergy pill purchases in an effort to curb the growth of meth labs. According to an article in WPTV News, Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are key ingredients in making methamphetamine, and they are found in cold and allergy medicine. Usually extra-strength decongestants like 12-hour Sudafed, Claritin-D, and Allegra-D are the ingredients meth makers use to mix with household chemicals to sustain their meth labs. The new law The new legislature launched in January and now allows an individual to buy only 9 grams of ephedrine products per month, according to WPTV News. According to state data, 40,000 illegal ephedrine sales have already been blocked… […]

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How Law Enforcement Officers are Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

How Law Enforcement Officers are Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

It’s always amazing to see law enforcement officers caught committing crimes. Usually the crimes they commit involve police brutality or abuse of power. This week, a Broward Sheriff’s sergeant has been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail for a different reason. Sgt. John Goodbread and his wife are accused of Oxycodone trafficking and prescription fraud. Sgt. Goodbread, 42, has been with the Broward Sheriff’s Office for a little over two decades. He has actually been suspended with pay as the investigation continues, says sheriff’s spokeswoman Dani Moschella, according to WPTV News. Doctor Shopping The Broward Sheriff’s Office alerted Palm Beach County Sheriff’s detectives of a distinct possibility Sgt. Goodbread and his wife had been “doctor shopping.” Doctor shopping is the practice of acquiring prescription drugs from several different doctors.… […]

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Andrew D. Stine Defends a Man Accused of Drug Trafficking – Caught by a Confidential Informant

Andrew D. Stine Defends a Man Accused of Drug Trafficking – Caught by a Confidential Informant

Criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine is defending event planner Michael Kagdis, 42, who is facing four felony drug charges, including trafficking of Roxycodone. He was arrested after a search where police found a small bag of cocaine in a jacket in his bedroom closet and 50 Roxycodone pills in an unmarked prescription bottle in his car. The following information is as according to an article in Palm Beach Daily News. The informant was a friend Kagdis’s personal friend is the person who informed the Palm Beach Police Department that he may be involved in narcotic activity. Kagdis lent his personal vehicle to that friend the night before he was arrested. The woman also had keys to his house. Kagdis took the witness stand Tuesday, and testified that he and… […]

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Why Fake Marijuana is Now Illegal

Why Fake Marijuana is Now Illegal

Many people have been using synthetic marijuana as an alternative to illegal marijuana to get high. However, according to WPTV News, at midnight on Tuesday, synthetic marijuana will become illegal. The DEA’s ban on synthetic marijuana was approved late last year. A Boca Raton company made a version of the product called “Mary Joy.” Their lawyer, Thomas Wright, said it stopped making the fake marijuana when the ban went into effect and on Monday night, they turned in to the police what they had left. “This product is sold as an incense, yet apparently people are smoking it,” said Wright. Wright says the fake grass was made by dumping chemicals into cement mixers. The DEA says the resulting product, when smoked, caused hundreds of people to have dangerous symptoms, like… […]

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Have You Been Arrested for Cocaine Possession in West Palm Beach?

Have You Been Arrested for Cocaine Possession in West Palm Beach?

It is always disappointing to see an authority figure go down for a drug related crime, especially when that authority figure works with children and is a leader for a community cause. That’s why this week’s cocaine bust is especially disappointing – a Florida Department of Children and Families investigator has been arrested for cocaine possession in Orlando. Here is the article as according to WPTV News: Authorities say a Florida Department of Children and Families investigator has been arrested for cocaine possession in Orlando. The Orange County Sheriff’s office says Susan Cunningham visited a location being monitored for drug dealing and was later pulled over Saturday for failing to signal while changing lanes. A deputy found a clear plastic bag sticking out of the center arm rest console, which… […]

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Drug Trafficking Charges Will Spike with Pill Mill Raids

Drug Trafficking Charges Will Spike with Pill Mill Raids

Broward County is famous for being considered the pill mill headquarters of the United States. People travel from all over, especially from states like Ohio and Pennsylvania to buy pills such as Oxycodone from various pain clinics. An article in WPTV News reports a new raid that has been launched against pain clinics in south Florida: Federal and local drug agents are conducting a series of pain clinic raids in Palm Beach and Broward Counties this morning in a major enforcement action, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. In Palm Beach County, the raids are focusing on five doctors operating in four separate pain clinics across the county. The effort is the culmination of a lengthy investigation expected to yield federal racketeering and drug trafficking charges, the sources… […]

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How Police Find Marijuana Grow Houses

How Police Find Marijuana Grow Houses

A marijuana grow house is a home, warehouse or garage that is used for the production of marijuana and is usually located in a suburban residential neighborhood. The houses are typically outfitted with sophisticated hydroponic equipment to provide water, food and light for the plants. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water without soil. The houses themselves are kept in good condition so that they blend in with the neighborhood. Illegal electrical hookups are a common feature of grow houses. They save money and make it harder for authorities to identify them due to a spike in electrical usage Marijuana Grow House Found by Accident An article was published in WPTV News on Tuesday reporting the accidental seizure of a marijuana grow house. Two Palm Beach County Sheriff’s… […]

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Who Can Help After Illegal Immigration and Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Who Can Help After Illegal Immigration and Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Even though I have written an extensive amount of articles on pain pills and how illegal use of prescription drugs is becoming the most prevalent drug problem in south Florida, Marijuana is still a haughty front-runner for drug crimes. According to a recent article in WPTV News, five undocumented migrants arrived on shore Sunday morning in southern St. Lucie County close to Jensen Beach. They were apprehended and had possession of two duffel bags that contained about 110 pounds of marijuana. A 911 call around 7 a.m. reported the suspects were seen near the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. They were seen dripping with water and carrying the two duffel bags. There were five adults including two Jamaican men and one woman; one Haitian man; and a Bahamian man. The federal… […]

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135 Arrested in Oxycodone Bust

135 Arrested in Oxycodone Bust

According to an article in Ocala.com, authorities arrested 135 people and seized more than $150,000 in drugs in a nearly four-month crackdown on the trafficking of prescription pills in North Florida. Fifty-eight of those arrested were nabbed in Marion County during the effort, which was dubbed “Operation Growing Pains.” It began Sept. 1 and concluded Dec. 15 and involved law enforcement officials from the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. HIDTA, as it’s known, is made up of counties stretching from Jacksonville to Ocala. The operation targeted illegal sales of prescription pills, pill mills, doctor-shopping and prescription drug frauds throughout North Florida. In all, agents seized 16,978 pills with a street value of $152,823 and made 135 arrests. The total value of pills, assets and currency seized was $4,337,977.08.… […]

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