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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.

Authorities take 5 people into custody on drug charges

On May 22, Florida law enforcement took five people into custody after they were accused of being in possession of marijuana and cocaine. Deputies with the Hendry Sheriff's Office claimed that the five individuals, aged between 18 and 26, were also found to be in possession of firearms and drug money in addition to the drugs.

4 face drug charges after apartment search

Police in Jacksonville were called to the scene of what was thought to be a burglary at Maverick Trails Apartment Homes. When authorities arrived, they realized that there was no such event taking place, but what they found resulted in four people facing criminal charges. Upon approaching the apartment, officers realized that there was a strong scent of marijuana coming from an apartment, and there was marijuana in plain view, which triggered a search of the apartment. The search resulted in the discovery of marijuana and other substances.

Bathroom break leads to drug charges for Florida woman

An overly long visit to a convenience store restroom led to felony drug trafficking charges for a Florida woman on April 29 according to a report from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff' Office. The 22-year-old Gulf Breeze resident has been charged with first-degree felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and heroin and five third-degree misdemeanor counts of drug possession.

Red light stop in Florida leads to marijuana seizure

Police in Florida say that a routine traffic stop in Okaloosa County on April 24 led to the seizure of more than 300 grams of marijuana. A 19-year-old Crestview man has been taken into custody in connection with the narcotics haul. He has been charged with drug possession, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing drug paraphernalia. A records check is said to have revealed that the man also has an outstanding warrant for the lewd and lascivious battery of a minor.

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