A Florida Keys couple arrested on March 1 for selling cocaine at a Marathon Walgreens is now facing drug charges. The two sold cocaine to an undercover agent who was posing as a drug buyer inside the popular pharmacy's bathroom, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
On Feb. 26, authorities arrested a Florida woman on multiple drug charges stemming from a van search conducted in January. The incident took place at the Marathon Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission station in Key West.
On Jan. 31, two Florida State University players were charged with possession of under 20 grams of cannabis and narcotic equipment. They were first approached by a Tallahassee police officer who had seen their vehicle driving down Hayden Road with no headlights on. The car was parked in a poorly lit area near Doak Walker Stadium, and the officer noticed a smell of cannabis coming from it as she approached.
A woman was arrested in the Florida Keys after she attempted to hide MDMA, also known as Molly, inside her sports bra, authorities claimed. The 32-year-old woman was accused of possession of 2.5 grams of MDMA. She allegedly had two cigarettes laced with MDMA, a cigar with white residue that had been partially smoked and a $10 bill with white residue in her possession. Sheriffs claimed that the woman admitted that the items belonged to her.
On Jan. 11, two Florida men were taken into custody for allegedly dealing drugs. The incident took place in Punta Gorda.
People who are in Florida and who are carrying 20 grams or less of marijuana may no longer be taken into custody if a house bill is successful. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith has filed legislation in an effort to decriminalize marijuana possession and increase people's ability to access cannabis for medical reasons.
According to authorities with the Hendry County Sheriff's Department, a 35-year-old woman who was working as a substitute teacher was charged after she allegedly sold marijuana to two middle school students. The woman was taken into custody on Dec. 8.
Methamphetamine abuse and addiction are serious problems in Florida. Because of the addictive potential of this drug, Florida law classifies it as a schedule II controlled substance. People who are found to be in possession of schedule II drugs without valid prescriptions may face severe criminal penalties.
Sarasota police announced that 20 individuals have been charged with dealing drugs as part of an undercover investigation known as Operation Corner Stone. Of those charged, 16 have been arrested so far, and police are still looking for the other four.
Drug arrests are on the rise in Florida and across the United States. According to the FBI's Uniform Report, there were more than 1.5 million drug-related arrests in 2016, which represents a 5.63 percent increase compared to 2015. Nearly 85 percent of these arrests were for drug possession only. Arrests for marijuana possession increased and accounted for 41 percent of all drug arrests in 2016.