Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody recently announced the arrest of 24 individuals involved in a drug-trafficking enterprise that was distributing fentanyl-laced drugs. The arrests are the culmination of a collaborative investigation involving the attorney general’s office, state-wide prosecutors, the Palm Beach sheriff’s office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
This effort is indicative of a growing effort by Florida law enforcement to clamp down on fentanyl abuse – by increasing prosecution of fentanyl-related crimes.
What is fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid. It was originally developed to help manage pain in cancer patients and is approximately 100 times stronger than morphine. However, the opioid epidemic of recent years has led to a waning use of fentanyl as a prescription drug.
It has, however, become an increasingly common street drug. Drugs such as heroin or cocaine are often laced with fentanyl to make them more potent.
Why is prosecution of fentanyl rising?
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful drug, and even one unregulated dose can be lethal. Buyers usually have no idea that they are purchasing something containing fentanyl. Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are climbing at an alarming rate across the country.
As a result, Florida law enforcement is putting a greater focus on apprehending individuals they suspect of misusing and selling fentanyl. Prosecution of such cases is also on the rise.
What should I do if I’m facing a fentanyl-related charge?
Florida’s penalties for drug-related crimes are some of the most stringent in the country. If you’re facing a charge for such a crime, it’s important to get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling prescription drug cases. They can work with you to understand your situation and build a strong defense for your case.