Charles L. Truncale
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June 2018 Archives

Florida woman facing drug trafficking charges

A woman was arrested on June 23 and accused of drug trafficking after her car was pulled over by police as she drove in the Wildwood area of Sumter County. Sheriff's deputies say that they found methamphetamine, heroin and thousands of dollars in cash in the 2018 Cadillac XTS. The woman was stopped as she drove near an on-ramp to southbound Interstate 95.

Appeals court overturns drug conviction under Good Samaritan law

On June 8, it was reported that a Florida man who was convicted on drug possession charges had the conviction overturned under the state's "Good Samaritan" law. This law, which was passed in 2012, protects individuals from prosecution for drug-related charges if they seek medical assistance for others who overdose as long as they are acting in "good faith."

Florida man facing federal fentanyl charges

Prosecutors in Florida reported on June 11 that a 22-year-old man has been charged with distributing fentanyl resulting in death. Records indicate that the man is the first Hillsborough County resident to face a federal indictment for this crime. He was taken into custody in May after an investigation by detectives assigned to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office's Heroin Working Group found evidence allegedly linking him to the overdose death of a Tampa area man in November 2017. The man faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted.

Anonymous complaint leads to drug charges in Florida

Two people were charged with drug crimes after Florida police received an anonymous tip concerning a possible unlicensed driver on May 26. According to news sources, the 40-year-old woman and 41-year-old man were taken into custody by St. Augustine police and transported to St. Johns County Jail. The man's bond was set at $5,500 while the woman was held on a $5,000 bond.

Can medical conditions lead to a failed field sobriety test?

You’ve been pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence. The cop asks you to submit to a field sobriety test and, although the law does not require you to consent to such a test, you oblige knowing you are completely sober. You take the field sobriety test (FST) as requested. Following the test, however, the cop arrests you for DUI. You haven’t had a drop of alcohol, so how can that be?

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