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.
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.
On May 26, a Florida woman was arrested for alleged possession of crystal meth. Ironically, her first name is Crystal, and her last name is spelled similarly to the drug.
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.
A traffic stop in Winter Haven on May 8 led to arrests of two men on drug charges. The motorist allegedly failed to obey the Move Over Law, which requires drivers to either move over or slow lower their speeds for emergency vehicles on the road.
On May 1, Florida authorities raided a plant nursery near Orange City after receiving numerous complaints about alleged drug activity and vagrancy occurring on the property. The operation led to the arrest of 21 people.
One Florida man has ended his case in a plea agreement after being accused of over 12 federal charges for drugs and weapons. Allegedly the ringleader of a cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking group based in Tallahassee, the 57-year-old man pleaded guilty to two of the charges he was facing, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A 33-year-old Florida man who was on probation was taken into custody on April 17. A state probation officer and police officers went to the man's home on that day to do a security check at around 8:30 a.m.
Authorities in Florida used a warrant to search home owned by a 44-year-old woman. She was also the sole occupant of the house where police found ledgers, baggies and a variety of drugs. A larger plastic bag contained 21.2 grams of cocaine, and cocaine was also found on a mirror. In addition to the cocaine, authorities found THC vaping oil, marijuana and prescription pills. The search also uncovered $9,095 in cash, and some of that money was obtained after selling drugs to undercover officers.
A 19-year-old man and 18-year-old woman from out of state await their court appearances after police in Lynn Haven arrested them. An officer pulled over a sedan driven by the man for speeding. The officer said that the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle justified a search. Police allegedly recovered 14 ounces of marijuana described as high quality and worth $6,000 along with a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun.