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.
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 so-called "grow house" bust in the Florida city of Cape Coral has resulted in a Feb. 27 seizure of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1 million, authorities said. While neighbors reported that a strange smell emanated from the home, they told a local media outlet that they were surprised to hear that an alleged $1 million marijuana growing operation was active close by.
The Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team raided a Florida home and took nine people into custody on Feb. 20 after neighbors complained about possible drug activity. The individuals, who ranged in age from 23 to 39 and included both men and women, faced a number of charges, including drug possession, the sale of crack cocaine and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. Active arrest warrants were in place for at least three people, two of whom lived at the residence. Six additional people were detained after they attempted to buy drugs from the other parties.
Police recently seized two frozen alligators from a Lake Wales, Florida, home as well as a fish not allowed by law, a marijuana plant and a sizable quantity of methamphetamine. Two men of ages 32 and 29 and a 24-year-old woman in the home were taken into custody. The younger man and the woman were reportedly a couple, but the other man was apparently only visiting them when authorities raided the house.
After serving a warrant, police have arrested three members of a family living on Stock Island on drug charges. Police from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and several other law enforcement agencies, including the Key West police department and Homeland Security, searched the family's mobile trailers in conjunction with the arrests. They say they found large quantities of a number of drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine and Xanax. During the search, they also say they discovered more than $75,000 in cash and 500 undersized lobster tails.
The morning of Jan. 24, police officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Southern Grove Drive in St. Johns County. This raid was the second to occur at the home within one week after neighbors reportedly filed complaints that the residents of the home might be involved in illegal activity. Five individuals now stand accused of committing drug offenses.
A Florida youth football coach is facing serious charges after being caught with marijuana. The 33-year-old man was taken into custody on Dec. 19 and is now facing drug charges. Police in Tampa say they intercepted a package containing approximately 6 pounds of marijuana intended for the suspect, who lives in the 3000 block of 38th street in the Leigh Acres.