A 33-year-old Florida man is facing a raft of drug charges after a routine probation check on April 17 allegedly led to the discovery of significant quantities of marijuana, cocaine and methylenedioxymethamphetamine, which is more commonly known as MDMA or ecstasy. Reports indicate that the man was transported to a Polk County detention facility after being booked and has been charged with possession of more than 10 grams of MDMA, possessing prescription drugs without a valid prescription and possessing cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute. The man also faces more severe sanctions because the drugs were allegedly discovered within 1,000 feet of a place of worship.
A 44-year-old Port Charlotte woman went to jail April 5 after law enforcement executed a search warrant on her residence. According to statements from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, agents had been investigating her for an extended period. She now faces multiple drug charges, including cocaine trafficking, possessing marijuana for the purpose of selling and possession of cannabis extracts and MDMA.
Two teenagers may regret their decision to spend spring break in Florida after being taken into custody on drug charges by police in Bay County. Officers with the Lynn Haven Police Department pulled the couple's car over for speeding on April 5 as they made their way back to Tennessee. However, what began as a routine traffic stop took an unexpected turn when officers allegedly detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Over the last five years, the public perception of marijuana has definitely changed. Since 2012, dozens of states have implemented laws allowing the medical use of the drug, and a handful of states have either decriminalized the possession of marijuana (i.e. made it a fineable offense only) or have legalized its recreational use.
A 29-year-old University of Florida student was pulled over by police early on March 30 after her vehicle was spotted going north in a southbound lane. Her 2014 Mini Cooper was seen by officers on Northeast Waldo Road near Northeast 16th Avenue. The woman allegedly defied orders to stop her vehicle until authorities were eventually able to detain her. According to media sources, she also managed to get partially free from her handcuffs while sitting in a patrol car.