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Drug Charges Archives

Man charged receiving $600,000 worth of meth paste in the mail

It was reported on May 3 that a 30-year-old man living in a Florida mobile home was arrested for trafficking meth after he had pottery made with meth paste shipped to him. Authorities said the man was taken into custody after he unknowingly enlisted an undercover officer to assist with turning the meth paste into a drug that could be sold.

Law aims to tackle state drug problem

Florida House Bill 477 aims to strengthen the state's drug trafficking laws by putting certain synthetic drugs on the same level as heroin. The goal is to stop a recent increase in opiod overdoses, and it also provides penalties on drug dealers who sell to those who die of an overdose. The bill, which was passed the House unanimously on April 20, would see dealers charged with first-degree murder in such a scenario.

Drug sting results in arrests

Florida residents concerned about the use of illicit drugs in their area may be interested to learn of several arrests by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in March. Over 50 people were taken into as a result of a two-month-long investigation.

What you should know about prescription drug charges

You are a law-abiding citizen. You don't steal. You don't cheat. You barely push the boundaries of speed limits while driving. In short, you know that criminal charges are serious. Particularly, those that involve drug allegations, which is why you also don't do drugs.

Lawmakers seek to decriminalize small amounts of pot

On March 11, it was reported that two Florida lawmakers introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession of personal amounts of marijuana. If the bill is passed, those who are found in possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana will face a noncriminal civil violation.

African-Americans more likely to be wrongly convicted

The number of African-Americans who are exonerated after having been convicted of crimes indicates that they are more likely to be wrongly convicted than whites. Florida residents may be interested to learn that a study by the National Registry of Exonerations, which looked at cases from between 1989 and 2016, found that African-Americans were 12 times as likely to be wrongly convicted of drug crimes and seven times as likely to be wrongly convicted of murder compared to whites.

DUI stops and prescription drugs

When most people think about drug-based DUI stops, they assume the driver was taking illegal drugs. Maybe the driver was taking completely illicit substances or prescription drugs that did not belong to him or her. However, you may be surprised to learn that even taking your own perfectly legal prescription medicine can lead to a DUI stop and even charges.

Obama commutes hundreds of drug sentences

Some Florida residents might be among the 330 whose drug sentences were commuted at the end of the Obama presidency. The commutations, made by Obama on his final full day in office, totaled more on one day that at any other time in history. In all, Obama commuted the sentences of 568 inmates serving a life sentence. During his presidency, his commutations reached an all-time historical high of 1,715. Obama had tried to get Congress to pass broader criminal justice reform, but he was not successful. The commutations were part of his overall effort, however.

Man in Santa costume accused of drug possession

Sheriff's deputies in Florida took a man dressed as Santa Claus into custody for drug charges on Dec. 19. The man was stopped in Jacksonville after he was seen repeatedly taking items out of a U-Haul truck and walking away. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a drug-related investigation was underway when the 41-year-old man was spotted in a parking lot.