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.
Due to the continuing war on drugs in this country, it can be difficult to defend a case where an individual is caught using or possessing any kind of illegal substance. But drug trafficking is one of the worst offenses in the case of drug charges. While individuals who sell drugs are often users themselves, the idea that they are selling drugs to others often increases the penalties against them. All too often media reports surface that those accused of distributing drugs to others are public figures.
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.
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 She was being taken into custody on March 5, after her bond was revoked in connection with previous drug charges.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.
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 23-year-old Florida man has received several drug charges following a traffic stop in Okeechobee. According to reports, the man was previously convicted of drug possession charges two times in 2012. The latest incident resulted in charges for felony trafficking in methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. The man has been detained at Okeechobee County Jail on $103,000 bond.
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.
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.
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.