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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.

Florida man convicted of multiple drug charges

A Florida man was convicted on several drug charges after a two-day trial. According to the report, the man was taken into police custody after law enforcement officers allegedly discovered drugs and a large sum of cash in a safety box in his apartment in 2012. Officers also discovered approximately $4,000 on his person when they took him into custody.

AG announces possible reduction in drug-crime sentences

Prisoners and defense attorneys in Florida and across the nation are watching as the Obama administration considers a reduction in penalties for nonviolent drug offenders and doing away with mandatory prison sentences. Benefits would include a reduction in the prison population and a savings of billions of dollars. On Aug. 12, the attorney general observed that people end up spending excessive amounts of time in prison for crimes such as drug possession.

Pot cultivator receives 5 years in prison, 5 years probation

On Aug. 5, a Florida businessman entered into a guilty plea of possession of marijuana with intent that stipulates he will spend five years in custody followed by five years on supervised release. The Superior Court judge agreed to the plea, ordered the prison term and emphasized strict requirements when he is released. The district attorney felt that the sentence for the drug offenses was appropriate and liked the combination of time in custody with community supervision. In addition, the 51-year-old man can no longer hold a position of trust in a business due to his felony conviction. Other charges in the indictment will be dismissed pursuant to the plea agreement.

Lady smuggles drug contraband into jail inside body

A Florida woman is facing two sets of drug charges after being arrested and taken to jail for drug possession and trying to smuggle drug contraband into the jail. According to police, the woman was found to have two crack pipes in her genitals and failed to inform the arresting officers or jail staff about them. The 41-year-old woman was in the passenger seat of a car during a traffic stop on July 10 when the police searched the car and found a cigar wrapper filled with marijuana in her seat. When she was searched, the officers found a crack pipe in her purse.

Two Florida residents arrested for drug-related crimes

Two Florida individuals have been taken into custody after being pulled over during a traffic stop after an officer noticed that one of the vehicle's headlights was out. According to reports, the men were eventually arrested for drug possession.

Cops claim to have arrested Florida pot dealers

After an investigation that took six months, the Sarasota Police Department said that it arrested two males accused of selling marijuana. The men, a 66-year-old and a 38-year-old, face drug charges of cannabis possession with intent to sell. Additionally, one was charged with transporting drug paraphernalia.

Employee, two co-owners charged with synthetic marijuana sales

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office recently mailed updated information to convenience stores throughout the area related to bans on synthetic drugs. At least one store blatantly ignored the letter and the new laws and was fined and warned. One of the co-owners and a store worker were arrested early in March for drug offenses. However, the store continued to sell the illegal substance, a possible felony. A register worker offered synthetic marijuana to an undercover officer who stopped by the store two days later. Later tests revealed cannabinoids, an illegal substance, in the product. The officer reported seeing a sign that carried an anti-drug message.

Two St. George men face drug charges

Two 37-year-old St. George men have been recently charged in Tampa County with possession of marijuana and conspiracy with a third man to distribute the substance, in violation of federal law. The indictment was until recently sealed. In addition to the identities of the suspects, officials revealed that the conspiracy allegedly included at least 100 kilograms of marijuana. Both defendants appeared in Washington County federal court on March 4 and pleaded not guilty to the drug charges. The U.S. Attorney asked that bail for one of the suspects be set at $130,000. Instead, the judge allowed the accused to be released in exchange for a promise to pay $50,000, cosigned by an unidentified third party. The other defendants requested a bail hearing, and they will remain in custody pending the hearing. The U.S. Attorney requested that they be escorted by federal marshals to Florida to stand trial.

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