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September 2017 Archives

Stolen tire report leads to record-breaking drug seizure

Police in Florida say that a report about a stolen tire led to the largest seizure of methamphetamine the Fort Myers Police Department has ever made. About 360 grams of the drug are said to have been recovered form a Toyota sedan on Winkler Avenue that officers had approached in connection with the theft of a tire from a parked car at a nearby shopping center. The car's two male occupants aged 20 and 24 were taken into custody along with a girl. The men are facing a raft of drugs, weapons and theft charges and are scheduled to appear in a Lee County courtroom on Oct. 16. The girl was released to the custody of her grandmother.

Panama City arrest results in major drug and cash seizure

Police officers in the Florida Panhandle have reportedly seized more than $400,000 worth of controlled substances along with $3,769 in cash from the home of a 44-year old man. According to Lieutenant Edmundson of the Panama City Police Department, officers executed a search warrant that resulted in the confiscation of a smorgasbord of illicit drugs, including various amphetamines, cocaine hydrochloride in powder form and crack cocaine.

Probable cause in a Florida DUI stop

One of the major rules affecting Florida DUI cases is that a law enforcement officer must have probable cause to make a stop. However, questions may arise as to whether a particular set of circumstances amounted to probable cause.

Preliminary motions in Florida DUI cases

In Florida, driving under the influence is a situation that must be handled at the administrative and judicial levels. The penalties, punishment and proceedings related to driving while intoxicated are outlined in Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes, which happens to be very lengthy and intricate. When drunk driving charges are filed against a driver, the case will not be handled as a traffic citation. It will conform to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure and the procedures outlined by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.