A recent anti-drug operation has resulted in five arrests in Florida, as well as the issuance of arrest warrants for five more individuals. The arrests and warrants are the culmination of an investigation that took months, during which personnel of the DEA used wiretaps and confidential sources to gather information and evidence against the accused suspects.
In recent years, criminal defense attorneys have argued the defense of "profiling," in which a law enforcement officer stops a suspect based upon the officer’s feeling or intuition that the suspect was in a place or situation that would be unusual for that person.
All individuals have the right to a fair trial and the opportunity to defend themselves against criminal accusations. In some cases, people can have their charges dismissed or seek reduced or alternative sentences. Those who are convicted for drug possession, for example, can arguably be rehabilitated, often through some form of treatment or drug diversion program.
In the state of Florida, a felony conviction can have serious ramifications for the lives of those who have been found guilty. One such consequence is the inability of felons to own guns and other weapons. This restriction is taken very seriously by all law enforcement agencies, and violating it can lead to increased penalties for those who have broken the law.
In a time of modern advances in evidence-gathering technology, such as DNA analysis and smartphone tracking, it is tempting to overlook more time-tested methods that prosecutors still use to build a case for criminal trial.
A Florida man on the run from parole violations that he allegedly committed nearly three decades ago has been apprehended out-of-state, where he seemed to have been living out in the open until authorities finally learned of his whereabouts.
According to a federal indictment recently unsealed, two men are facing charges for allegedly intending to distribute marijuana. The grand jury indictment was filed on April 3 with the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida Tampa Division and alleges that the two men worked with a group of people to distribute marijuana in Polk, Hillsborough and Sarasota counties as far back as August 2012. If the two men are convicted on the drug trafficking charges, they could face up to 40 years in prison, federal officials said.
On April 3, Florida police visited the Miami home of rapper Trick Daddy at approximately 10 p.m. When police arrived, the rapper was leaving the premises in his car. The Broward County Drug Task Force stopped him, claiming to have a "sniff warrant" to search the property.
A Florida father and son were arrested on March 26 in Miami on charges of distributing drugs. The Miami-Dade Police Department reports that they found drugs and weapons in the northwest Miami home that the two men were residing in. The police said that they began investigating after receiving anonymous tips that drug-related activity was occurring in the house. On March 25, they placed the men under surveillance and allegedly witnessed visitors exchanging cash for packages at the house.
A Florida woman was charged with new felony drug charges when officials reportedly discovered multiple pills in her possession as she was being booked into the county jail. She was being taken into custody on March 5, after her bond was revoked in connection with previous drug charges. The defendant had been taken into custody in October 2013 on a felony drug possession charge. She was later released on a bond of $20,000.