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How to Reduce Drug Trafficking Charges

How to Reduce Drug Trafficking Charges

Florida has a seriously high rate of drug trafficking due to the plethora of ports and access. The South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area was created in an effort to assist law enforcement agencies with drug-related threats to public safety. Over the last three years, the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area has seized an average of $713 million worth of illicit drugs per year from regional and international drug trafficking organizations. These drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, methamphetamine, and several types of pharmaceutical medications. It is important to understand the consequences of drug trafficking and exactly what the law spells out for these types of crimes. If you ask any criminal defense lawyer, he or she will be able to interpret the law for you, but… […]

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Coast Guard Seizes 800 Pounds of Marijuana

Coast Guard Seizes 800 Pounds of Marijuana

The Coast Guard seized almost 800 pounds of marijuana around midnight Saturday from a 20-foot vessel traveling west from Bimini, Bahamas, according to a press release. After receiving reports of a suspicious vessel, crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback located and boarded the craft to conduct an safety inspection. The marijuana was discovered in plain sight. Crew members detained two suspected smugglers from the vessel, and they offloaded 47 bricks of marijuana with an estimated street value of $725,000 at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. The suspects were transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and the drugs and vessel were transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol officers in Fort Lauderdale. Drug Defense Many drug cases can be resolved if your criminal… […]

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Drug Trafficking in South Florida

Drug Trafficking in South Florida

Florida mandatory minimum drug laws are severe. Possessing more than four grams of oxycodone may result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years whether you intended to sell the drugs or not. Florida law states: 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $50,000. 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 7 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000. 400 grams or more, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 calendar years and pay a fine of $250,000. Florida law also… […]

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Cocaine Possession or Trafficking Charge – West Palm Beach

Cocaine Possession or Trafficking Charge – West Palm Beach

“There’s no happy ending to cocaine. You either die, you go to jail, or else you run out.” – Sam Kinison Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that comes from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a white crystalline powder that produces feelings of euphoria when it is consumed. It may also be dissolved in water and injected. Crack is a smokable form of cocaine that produces an immediate and more intense high. Both cocaine and crack can be combined with other drugs. Cocaine can be mixed with methcathinone (known as “cat,” which is similar to methamphetamine.) This makes a “wildcat.” A hollowed-out cigar filled with crack and marijuana called a “woolah.” Cocaine or crack mixed with heroin is called a “speedball.” But surprisingly, cocaine and alcohol make… […]

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Fighting an Oxycodone Drug Traffic Charge in West Palm Beach

A man who tried to buy 1,300 oxycodone pills and sell them in Boston was recently arrested. Rony Exantus was booked on a federal attempted drug possession charge when his supplier turned out to be an undercover police officer. A Palm Beach County Sheriff narcotics officer posed as a pill supplier and brokered a deal to sell Exantus 1,300 oxycodone tablets for $23,400. The agent met Exantus in a Home Depot parking lot in West Palm Beach and exchanged a gym bag full of fake painkillers for a box full of cash. Exantus was then taken into custody and is now being held without bail. These kinds of arrests are becoming more common in Palm Beach County. In 2008, about half the country’s illegal prescription drugs came out of Florida… […]

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Oxycontin – Drug of Choice in Palm Beach County

Oxycontin is one of the most addictive prescription drugs on the market today. Millions of people are hooked on these pain killers across the country. According to recent figures, prescription drugs like Oxycontin are abused more than illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and ecstasy – combined. And Florida is the epicenter of this epidemic. In 2008, about half the country’s illegal prescription drugs came out of Florida. Many of these drugs come from pain clinics in Broward and Palm Beach County. Authorities say at least 50 pain clinics operate in Palm Beach County and over 100 in Broward County and they dispense 1.5 million pills of Oxycontin and other pain medications a month. What is Oxycontin? Oxycontin is the brand name of a time-release form of oxycodone. It entered the… […]

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