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October 2013 Archives

Florida Supreme Court throws out drug trafficking conviction

Taking to task police who did not check every bag of suspected cocaine in the possession of a 32-year-old Florida man, the Florida Supreme Court threw out the conviction of drug trafficking. The charges of drug trafficking will be lowered to drug possession after the court ruled 5-2 that the Jacksonville man could be tried only for possessing the bags that were tested and came back positive for cocaine. His drug trafficking conviction led to a 15-year prison sentence, but a drug possession conviction brings a maximum sentence of five years.

Man faces drug charges after being pulled over on his ATV

A 30-year-old Florida man faces multiple charges after being pulled over while riding his All Terrain Vehicle, or ATV. During the incident, a detective allegedly found him to be in possession of several illegal items. According to the detective's report, the man was found to be carrying a weapon, a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Six charged in Florida meth bust

Six people were charged with felony drug trafficking and possession on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 8. The sergeant of the Okeechobee County Police Department said that the six people who were taken into custody were not connected with the people who were arrested last week for cooking meth in an Okeechobee home. However, when asked about the increasing number of meth charges lately, the sergeant stated that the use of meth is on the rise because it has become easier to make. Now people are able to cook in almost an hour, but the price of it has remained the same, resulting in larger profits for the manufacturers.

Florida shopkeeper charged with selling synthetic marijuana

On Sept. 20, police in Pinellas Park charged a 62-year-old man with selling synthetic cannabinoids to investigators. Law enforcement officials claim that after receiving complaints from citizens about shop employees selling the drug, they initiated an undercover sting to catch the man in the act. They further allege that the man sold the drug known as Spice to their agents multiple times. He was charged for being in possession of 237 packets of the drug, which was only recently made illegal in the state.

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