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Can Oxycodone Busts Happen Outside of Pain Clinics?

Can Oxycodone Busts Happen Outside of Pain Clinics?

South Florida is known as the pain pill capital of the United States. Prescription drug schemes can be found anywhere but the most common place for it is in pain clinics spearheaded by doctors trying to make an illegal profit. Recently, a prescription drug bust occurred at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera Beach. Usually, doctors in pain clinics try to make a quick profit by skimping on medical exams and providing prescription drugs like oxycodone to patients who don’t necessarily need it. Pain clinics are a huge problem in the effort against prescription drug trafficking and the law is cracking down. Prescription Drug Trafficking in Riviera Beach In Riviera Beach, a seven month undercover investigation has come to a close at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera… […]

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How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

Drug-related crime covers a significant percentage of all crime committed in South Florida. Many officials believe that the huge drug problem in our area is due to the close proximity to international ports. International ports make it much easier for drug traffickers to transport large amounts of drugs to South Florida for distribution elsewhere. However, criminals are becoming more creative with their distribution methods – including using the Internet. Drug Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a new form of drug distribution is catching the attention of law enforcement. Two U.S. senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency. Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website… […]

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How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

Drug-related crime covers a significant percentage of all crime committed in South Florida. Many officials believe that the huge drug problem in our area is due to the close proximity to international ports. International ports make it much easier for drug traffickers to transport large amounts of drugs to South Florida for distribution elsewhere. However, criminals are becoming more creative with their distribution methods – including using the Internet. Drug Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a new form of drug distribution is catching the attention of law enforcement. Two U.S. senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency. Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website… […]

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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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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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Update: Andrew D. Stine Makes Closing Arguments and Michael Kagdis has been Acquitted

Update: Andrew D. Stine Makes Closing Arguments and Michael Kagdis has been Acquitted

Criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine made his closing arguments on Wednesday in the case of Michael Kagdis who was facing four felony drug charges, including trafficking. Kagdis was arrested when police used a confidential informant who was actually one of Kagdis’s personal friends. The following information is from an article in Palm Beach Daily News Kagdis has been acquitted The jury acquitted Michael Kagdis, 42,  on Wednesday on three of four felony drug charges. Charges include Trafficking of Roxycodone, possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, ownership of property for the purpose of trafficking, manufacturing or selling a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. On possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, the jury found Kagdis guilty on the lesser… […]

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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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How A St. Petersburg Lawyer Was Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

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… […]

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How Pill Mil Brothers were Indicted for Weapons Possession, Not Drug Trafficking

How Pill Mil Brothers were Indicted for Weapons Possession, Not Drug Trafficking

In March of this year, federal authorities teamed up with the Palm Beach County police and raided pain clinics in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach owned by twin brothers Chris and Jeff George, 29. This was the beginning of a long and thorough investigation that has redefined the issues of prescription drug trafficking. The George brothers and the doctors working for them were earning millions from their pain clinics. Chris and Jeff George amassed millions in property and lived in excess while drug traffickers and dealers continued to route supplies from pain clinics owned by the Georges to Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina. Chris George accumulated approximately $40 million in assets, $25 million of which is still unaccounted for. One of the cash-only pain clinics was said to have… […]

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Why is Broward County the Capital of Oxycodone?

Why is Broward County the Capital of Oxycodone?

The drug industry is shifting from illegal street drugs to prescription pain pills. People are turning to the prevalent pain clinics to obtain their prescriptions for drugs like Oxycodone and Roxicodone. If you have been charged with drug crimes, contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you build your case. Broward County – Capital of Pain Pills According to MSNBC News: Broward County has become the pill capital of the US. Pain clinics see anywhere from 10 to 100 patients a day. Usually the doctors were found on the internet and hired to work in these clinics. The patients pay cash and don’t use insurance so they won’t be tracked. Florida is one of a handful of states that does not have a prescription drug database, so repeat prescriptions cannot… […]

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