On Oct. 11, Florida authorities arrested a man for allegedly trying to flush cocaine down the toilet in his home. The incident occurred in Sarasota.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, detectives attempted to serve a search warrant at the defendant's property, which is located on the 3100 block of Claude Lane. However, upon seeing their arrival, the 39-year-old reportedly dashed from his bedroom to his bathroom. Once he was apprehended, detectives noticed that his left hand was wet and discovered that the bathroom floor was flooded with water. An empty bag was found near the toilet, and cocaine residue was allegedly detected on the toilet and on the bathroom floor.
A search of the property reportedly yielded cocaine, approximately $16,730 in cash, sandwich baggies and vacuum-sealed bags for packaging, and inositol powder, which is sometimes mixed with cocaine. Detectives said the defendant admitted that he flushed cocaine down the toilet. They also said he claimed ownership of the drugs and cash found in his home.
Drug charges often lead to serious consequences in Florida. However, even when a drug case looks cut and dry, a defendant could help his or her situation by retaining the services of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney could investigate the case and develop a strong defense against the accusations. This could help the defendant win an acquittal at trial or get the charges dismissed. If the evidence appears solid, legal counsel may recommend negotiating a plea deal that allows the defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges. This tactic could help the defendant avoid a trial and obtain a more lenient sentence.
Source: WTSP, "Florida man caught wet-handed: Deputies say he tried to flush cocaine down the toilet", Oct. 18, 2018