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Cracking Down on Drug Smuggling in the Caribbean

Cracking Down on Drug Smuggling in the Caribbean

MIAMI — Federal authorities have intercepted $35 million worth of cocaine from alleged smugglers in the Caribbean Sea. Source On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard offloaded 2,300 pounds of cocaine at their base in Miami Beach. Officials said they seized the drugs after an air crew spotted suspicious packages on a boat last week. Drug trafficking is the term used to describe the production, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. In the United States, such drugs include cocaine, heroin, PCP, LSD, methamphetamines and marijuana. Globally, drug trafficking is a multibillion dollar industry. As a profitable industry, illegal drug sales also fund the purchase of illegal weapons often used to fund organized crime and civil wars in developing countries. Even with stringent law enforcement efforts and penalties, authorities worldwide engage in… […]

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Pill Mill Problem in Florida

Pill Mill Problem in Florida

Owning some of South Florida’s busiest pill mills was lucrative work and nothing held him back, Christopher George told a jury on Tuesday — not his complete lack of experience in the health care industry or even his criminal history as a convicted felon. “It brought in probably $40 million,” George said of the profits from the so-called pain management business in Broward and Palm Beach counties that he ran for three years. But there were hassles too and the main one was obvious to jurors as George — the star witness against two doctors accused of overprescribing pain pills and helping to cause the deaths of nine patients — testified Tuesday in federal court in West Palm Beach. The 32-year-old former Wellington man was handcuffed, shackled and is serving… […]

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Florida Hits 1 Million Concealed Weapons Permits

Florida Hits 1 Million Concealed Weapons Permits

Florida officially hit the one million milestone for concealed weapons permits as predicted last week by Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose office oversees the program. As of this morning, there were 1,000,645 active concealed weapons permits in Florida, according to Putnam’s office. The million mark comes amid national scrutiny of state and federal gun laws in the wake of Friday’s shooting rampage by gunman Adam Lanza, who killed 20 first graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Authorities say Lanza also killed his mother as well as himself. Some gun rights proponents, including state Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, want to allow people with concealed weapons permits and extra training to bring the guns into schools. They argue that armed personnel on school… […]

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The Illegal Sale of Prescription Drugs

The Illegal Sale of Prescription Drugs

Due to their potential for abuse and addiction, many prescription drugs have been categorized by the US Drug Enforcement Administration in the same category as opium or cocaine. These include Ritalin and Dexedrine (stimulants), and the painkillers OxyContin, Demerol and Roxanol. Many illegal street drugs were at one time used or prescribed by doctors or psychiatrists but were later banned when the evidence of their harmful effects could no longer be ignored. Examples are heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine and Ecstasy. Abuse of prescription drugs can be even riskier than the abuse of illegally manufactured drugs. The high potency of some of the synthetic (man-made) drugs available as prescription drugs creates a high overdose risk. This is particularly true of OxyContin and similar painkillers, where overdose deaths more than doubled over… […]

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Florida Ban On Texting While Driving

Florida Ban On Texting While Driving

Let’s start with the positive. As of Jan. 1, it will be unlawful for drivers to type messages into a smart phone or other mobile devices as they attempt to navigate stop lights, pedestrians and fellow lane-changing drivers. At long last, Florida has banned texting while driving, the 41st state to do so. (Hawaii beat us by one week.) In part thanks to the leadership of state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, Florida is finally doing something to make our roads safer. It’s unfortunate the ban has a gaping flaw. That is, if law enforcement officers catch people texting while driving, they can’t pull them over. The law defines texting as a secondary offense, which means that to be stopped, the offender first must be caught committing another type of… […]

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Marijuana Grow Houses, Marijuana Legalization, Its Costs and Benefits Weighed

Marijuana Grow Houses, Marijuana Legalization, Its Costs and Benefits Weighed

A Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office SWAT unit found a marijuana grow house at a home in suburban Delray Beach this morning, according to a PBSO spokesman. Police obtained a search warrant for a home at 15180 Monroe Road, where they found the marijuana plants. The home was unoccupied when police executed the search warrant. No arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing, said PBSO spokesman Eric Davis. (source) Colorado and Washington were the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana in last November’s election. However, what has happened in those states since the election? Have retail pot shops popped up on every corner? Are marijuana users smoking everywhere, or have federal raids dramatically increased? Hardly In Colorado, the immediate effect Amendment 64 has been the legalization of the… […]

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‘Cookie Monster’ Arrested and Released for Violating Probation

‘Cookie Monster’ Arrested and Released for Violating Probation

Probation is a sentence ordered by a judge that allows a convicted criminal to live in society under the strict supervision or regulation by a probation officer. Probation does allow someone to resume somewhat of a normal life but the restrictions are often up to the judge or the probation officer. In this case, the ‘Cookie Monster,’ Stefanie Woods, was arrested for violating her probation because she failed to turn in a gas receipt, show up for a meeting with a probation officer and failed to be at her designated locations at the time allotted. The prosecuting attorney argued fervently that this convicted felon, with a long history of crime, should not be allowed back into society. Cookie Monster Crime Stefanie Woods’ history is peppered with serious crimes and arrests.… […]

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Miami Dolphins Receiver Involved In Child Abuse Case

Miami Dolphins Receiver Involved In Child Abuse Case

Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper was released from jail Thursday, charged after police say he beat his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home. Duper, who starred for the Dolphins from 1982 to 1992, spent a night in jail after his arrest Wednesday on one count of felony child abuse. He was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $5,000 bail, police in Jacksonville said. Authorities say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times and knocked him out twice. Former Dolphins defensive end Hugh Green told The Associated Press by telephone that he witnessed the brawls. He said Marcus Duper started the fights, thinking he could “beat his father.” Green and his 18-year-old son had stopped to visit Duper and his son after attending a… […]

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False Testimony in Criminal Cases

False Testimony in Criminal Cases

A developer who helped prosecutors convict former Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Cindi Hutchinson in a corruption case pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge that he initially lied when questioned, records show. Steven Goldstrom, 56, pleaded guilty to giving false information to law enforcement during an investigation, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation and adjudicated guilty, prosecutor Deborah Zimet said. Goldstrom later cooperated and gave details of the benefits Hutchinson received, Zimet said. Hutchinson, 56, pleaded guilty March 19 to one count of unlawful compensation and two counts of official misconduct. She admitted receiving several thousand dollars worth of free home improvements while she was on the commission after voting in favor of developer Glenn Wright’s project. Prosecutors said Goldstrom delivered cash and services to Hutchinson… […]

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What You Need To Know About DUI Arrests in Florida

What You Need To Know About DUI Arrests in Florida

It is not illegal to drink and drive in Florida, so long as your blood alcohol content (BAC) is not over .08 or your normal faculties are not impaired. It is not illegal to have a drink with your meal and drive. However, it is illegal to drink too much and then drive. The thresh-hold for legal intoxication (.08 in Florida) is easy to exceed. The best advice to follow is not to drink and drive. Ever. Breath Tests You will be presented two tests- one roadside and one at the jail in most circumstances. The roadside units are subject to frequent challenges and are rarely recommended. In Florida, it is a crime if you refuse to take a breath test TWICE. That does NOT mean twice in the same… […]

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