There are many reasons parents in Florida should be concerned if their teenage children are using prohibited substances like marijuana or prescription drugs. Another worry to add to the list is that teens who share narcotics with each other can face drug dealing charges. This applies even when teens share drugs for free. Furthermore, homicide charges may be brought against a teen who shares drugs with someone who falls victim to an overdose.
A man was arrested on Jan. 5 after a police traffic stop on Highway 29 led to Florida Highway Patrol officers discovering methamphetamine, cocaine, spice and other controlled substances in the man's car. The man's white Cadillac sedan began to attract attention when it remained stopped at a traffic light on the highway after the signal turned green. Cars began to move around the vehicle on all sides, and the car was beginning to obstruct traffic.
A routine traffic stop in Florida led to the discovery of illegal drugs worth more than a million dollars according to a representative from the Gulf County Sheriff's Office. GCSO deputies allegedly discovered the drug haul after pulling over a Kia van on Florida State Road 71 for speeding on Dec. 12. A 29-year-old Callaway man was taken into custody at the scene and faces charges of cocaine possession with the intent to sell, oxycodone trafficking, heroin possession, possessing a firearm while a convicted felon and fleeing and eluding.
On Dec. 6, Florida authorities arrested 21 people for allegedly participating in a drug trafficking ring that distributed prescription painkillers over a large swathe of the state. The investigation into the ring was dubbed "Operation Crazy 8."
A 43-year-old Florida man who has worked as a high school security guard for 16 years has been charged with drug possession and drug trafficking. A Miami-Dade County Public Schools representative told reporters that the man was fired from his position at Felix Varela Senior High School when news of the Nov. 5 arrest was made public. However, police say that they have yet to uncover evidence suggesting that the man sold drugs to students.
A 29-year-old Florida man who was running for the Sweetwater City Commission was taken into custody Nov. 2 on suspicion of cocaine trafficking. Two other individuals were also detained in connection with the investigation. The candidate had a previous criminal record and had been arrested twice previously for suspicion of marijuana trafficking.
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.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office recently announced that its Operation Fall Frenzy, which has been conducted over the past two months, culminated with one day of 32 drug arrests. The charges in these cases involve heroin and other opioids, marijuana and other controlled substances. The sheriff also announced that additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming in the county. There are 12 outstanding arrest warrants for alleged drug dealers, most of which were made during September and early October.
A Florida judge has vacated the sentences of at least eight prisoners after reports of police misconduct were released. A former Jackson County deputy was accused of planting methamphetamine on unsuspecting drivers during traffic stops.
A 47-year-old Florida man was taken into custody during the early morning hours of Sept. 15 after attempting to flee the scene of a routine traffic stop according to a report from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The man has been charged with cocaine possession and resisting arrest. The MCSO alleges that the man discarded several packages of drugs while attempting to elude law enforcement.