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Trafficking in Hydrocodone, Defendant’s Motion To Suppress

Trafficking in Hydrocodone, Defendant’s Motion To Suppress

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 statues have explicit quantities of each substance for the charge to qualify as trafficking. Drug Trafficking is a very serious criminal charge, and one that is strongly pursued by law enforcement officials in Florida. Trafficking is often “over charged” for that same reason and Florida prosecutors are aggressive in trying to get drug convictions. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects personal privacy, and every citizen’s right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion into their persons, homes, businesses, and property — whether through police… […]

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1,000 Plus Missing Oxycodone Pills

1,000 Plus Missing Oxycodone Pills

More than 1,000 stolen oxycodone pills are at the center of a criminal investigation into Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock’s evidence department, according to sheriff’s deputies. This was just one of several new details from the closely guarded investigation that emerged in a probable-cause affidavit released Tuesday, the day after Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested evidence clerk Renee Lyn Hawkins on three unrelated drug possession charges. Deputies released her Monday after she posted bond, and Bock’s office fired her Tuesday morning. Bock’s office confirmed that Hawkins, 32, of suburban West Palm Beach, was one of the three clerks under criminal investigation within the department charged with storing and maintaining guns, drugs and other crucial evidence in Palm Beach County court cases. All three had been suspended… […]

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Drug Trafficking Crimes, Oxycodone Pill Mill Investigation and Charges

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… […]

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Drug Trafficking Crimes, Oxycodone Pill Mill Investigation and Charges

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… […]

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Drug Possession, Criminal Charges and Penalties

Drug Possession, Criminal Charges and Penalties

The possession, use, distribution or sale of certain drugs is a crime. Punishments range from fines to many years in prison. These drugs are illegal because of health risks and because they are associated with violent crimes. Both the states and the federal system can prosecute drug crimes. The Number of Illegal Drugs Is Increasing Hundreds of drugs have been declared illegal by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the state governments. The use of some drugs, such as codeine, is restricted to those with a prescription. The use of others, such heroin, is banned altogether. New drugs are regularly added to the list of banned or restricted substances. Drug Users Face a Range of Charges Using illegal drugs is considered less serious than selling them. A first offense of… […]

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Oxycodone Charges Attorney

Oxycodone Charges Attorney

Oxycodone is a powerful and addictive pain medication that is often abused as recreation. Oxycodone charges include possession of Oxycodone, drug trafficking, racketeering and prescription fraud. These may lead to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or longer, as well as fines and a criminal record that haunts you the rest of your life. Possession of illegal drug is a growing concern for the law enforcement officers of the US. Drug trafficking has become a common mode of offense. In Florida, anyone caught committing this offense receive severe punishment. Drug trafficking refers to possession of illegal drugs with the intention of distribution or import. Florida law ruthlessly prosecutes this offense and anyone caught doing so will be harshly punished, if the prosecutor succeeds in establishing this offense in… […]

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Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Jeff George, often discussed in previous posts as a kingpin of pill mills, has finally been ordered to pay financial restitution to the family of 24-year-old Joey Bartolucci who died from overdosing on narcotics in 2009, supplied by the pill mills operated by the George brothers. Pill mills are pain clinics that often prescribed powerful narcotics like Oxycodone without discretion. These operations are under extreme scrutiny and heavy investigation because of the rising number of Oxycodone related overdose deaths. It is simply just too easy for addicts and drug dealers to get their hands on powerful prescription drugs. Jeff George Ordered to Pay Millions According to an article in WPTV News, Jeff George of Wellington, Fla., admitted to killing Joey Bartolucci nine months ago, by giving him access to massive… […]

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Another Doctor Arrested for Trafficking Oxycodone

Another Doctor Arrested for Trafficking Oxycodone

South Florida is known as the pain-pill capital of the country for a reason. With hundreds of pain clinics flourishing throughout St. Lucie County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, addicts and doctor-shoppers will drive from states as far as Ohio to reap the benefits of pill mills and dispensing doctors. Police who track operations say that even though many pain clinics operate legally, people can often be seen driving from clinic to clinic procuring hundreds of pills at a time. Even though Florida legislation has attempted to regulate the doctor shopping epidemic, doctors continue to supply drug addicts and dealers with pills. St. Lucie County Oxycodone Trafficking St. Lucie County police arrested yet another doctor Thursday night on several charges including prescribing practitioner fraud and trafficking oxycodone and hydrocodone,… […]

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Are Your Tax Dollars Paying for Oxycodone Prescriptions in Pill Mills?

Are Your Tax Dollars Paying for Oxycodone Prescriptions in Pill Mills?

Did you know that Medicaid paid for more than 49 million doses of oxycodone pills over two years? The Palm Beach Post conducted an analysis of 1.7 million Florida prescription records but astoundingly, only 1.36 million adults are enrolled in Medicaid. There are no doubts that doctors in pill mills are continuing to peddle pills to addicts and drug dealers even as the state of Florida wars with the flow of prescription drug trafficking. The in-depth analysis breaks down the amount of prescriptions paid for by Medicaid in relation to the famous pill mill busts in 2010 and 2011. Oxycodone Trafficking in Florida The Palm Beach Post conducted an analysis on the flow of oxycodone throughout the state of Florida and where the funding for drug continues to come from… […]

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Drug Trafficking Shifting to Crack Cocaine from Prescription Drugs

Drug Trafficking Shifting to Crack Cocaine from Prescription Drugs

Law enforcement officers are seeing a rise in crack cocaine distribution around South Florida. The issue is making its way up the chain spurring undercover sweeps and the like. If you have been accused of possessing or trafficking cocaine, it is imperative you contact a lawyer immediately because law enforcement officials are trying to keep a closer eye on drug trafficking. Crack Down in St. Lucie County St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 40 people allegedly involved in trafficking crack cocaine, according to an article in WPTV News. The sweep has been dubbed “Operation Crack Down.” Investigators are saying the rise that they are seeing in crack cocaine is due to the recent increase in strict legislation on pills like prescription drugs, making it more of a… […]

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