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West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

The DEA deemed synthetic marijuana, or synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants into the Controlled Susbtances Act, making it very illegal to possess or sell any substance that is considered a synthetic alternative to marijuana. Spice and K2 are incenses created by a mixture of chemicals that people have been smoking, as it has a similar stimulating effect to that of marijuana. Selling any controlled substance is a felony and if you are accused of this crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Synthetic Marijuana in West Palm Beach According to WPTV News, a three-month investigation into the suspected sale of illegal “synthetic marijuana” resulted in the arrests Thursday of a suburban West Palm Beach smoke shop owner and a shop employee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Monica Lee,… […]

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How are Smoke Shops Reacting to the Bong Bill?

How are Smoke Shops Reacting to the Bong Bill?

In July of last year, the “bong bill” law was enacted causing serious disturbances among smoke shop owners (also called head shops) all across Florida. The bong bill threatened to close down several smoke shops in Florida as it deemed it illegal for stores to make less than 75 percent of their income from tobacco. The Bong Bill After the bill was enacted, several smoke shops everywhere began suing to squash it. Smoke shops everywhere were forced to close because the bill made it a misdemeanor for the shops to make more than 25 percent of their revenue from the sale of bongs, pipes, and any other smoking related items. Around thirty to forty shops joined the cause in acting against the law arguing that the law cannot hold shop… […]

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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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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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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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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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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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What To Do After You’re Arrested For Growing Marijuana

What To Do After You’re Arrested For Growing Marijuana

According to WPTV News, another marijuana grow house has been found here in South Florida. Now that the cocaine boom of the past couple decades is dying down, marijuana grow houses are becoming one of the most popular form of drug cultivation and trafficking throughout South Florida. Recently, a Boynton Beach man was caught via a traffic violation. Police found several marijuana plants in the trunk of his car. Later, when Boynton Beach Police searched the home of Jerome Hal Albanese, 48, they found more than 300 additional plants at a street value of over half a million dollars. They also found handguns, rifles, and about $60,000 in cash. The grow house was set up with an elaborate system that allowed Albanese to grow and produce about 300 plants every… […]

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