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June 2018 Archives

Former NFL player accused on drug charges

A Florida man was arrested on June 25 and accused of possessing crack cocaine. Alvin McCants, 50, formerly a defensive end for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was pulled over in his car as he drove near St. Petersburg in the early morning hours. Once pulled over, he was accused of possession of crack, a felony charge, as well as driving with a revoked or suspended license.

Florida man allegedly asked police to test illegal drugs

Police officers in Florida and around the country often hear strange questions from members of the public. However, the request allegedly made by a 49-year-old Hawthorne resident to deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office on June 12 was unusual even by law enforcement standards. According to a PCSO social media post, the man told deputies that he wanted to press charges against the drug dealer he believed had sold him fake methamphetamine.

Eyewitness identifications may not always be accurate

Evidence against some people in Florida facing criminal charges might be based on eyewitness identification, but this is not always reliable. In one case in California, a man spent eight years in prison on a rape conviction and was released after being exonerated on DNA evidence.

Narcotics operation leaves 5 facing drug-related charges

Florida deputies arrested five people following a drug bust in Hendry County on May 22. According to authorities, sheriff's deputies discovered illegal drugs, drug money and firearms inside a Labelle home on Bridle Way during the operation. The deputies also found narcotics in three vehicles that were parked in the yard when the operation took place. One of the handguns recovered by law enforcement officials has been confirmed stolen out of Palm Bay.