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Broward Family Reunites After Draconian Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws Force Parents to Spend 15 Years in Prison

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Mandatory minimum sentencing laws have attracted criticism for a variety of years.  First, they are a classic example of how a conviction for a nonviolent crime such as drug possession can effectively ruin someone’s life; when drug crimes carry a mandatory minimum sentence, getting caught with a single dose of drugs can mean that… Read More »

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Former NYPD Officer Sentenced to Seven Years for Providing Armed Security for Sunrise Drug Deal

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The perks of one’s job are sweeter when shared with family and friends.  What lawyer does not delight in bringing his or her children to the office on teacher planning days and seeing them draw pictures on legal pads, then tear off the pages they used and display their drawings on the fridge?  Many… Read More »

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Miramar Man Gets 70 Months in Prison for Selling Drugs in Small Quantities on the Dark Web

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The Internet makes life simpler, except when it doesn’t.  You can buy and sell almost anything online, even illegal and marginally legal drugs.  Perhaps more importantly, you can pretend to be anyone.  Sooner or later, though, your real-life activities will expose the real person behind the online persona.  This was what happened to a… Read More »

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Federal Jury Acquits Man After Drug Bust at Fort Lauderdale Airbnb

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Every person accused of a misdemeanor or felony in the United States has the right to a trial by jury, but in practice, very few defendants exercise those rights.  The punishments are usually worse if a jury returns a guilty verdict at trial than if the defendant had pleaded guilty.  Sometimes defense lawyers are… Read More »

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Fort Lauderdale Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Selling Fentanyl That Caused Fatal Overdose

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

If a person dies from a drug overdose, does it mean that the person who sold or gave the fatal dose or drugs to the victim killed him or her?  Most of the time, drug cases are completely separate from homicide cases, but in the past three years, Florida courts have tried several defendants… Read More »

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Music Producer Serving Sentence for Drug Trafficking Seeks to Overturn His Conviction

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In 2020, it should be obvious to anyone that police officers who act as though the rules do not apply to them often get away with it and also that not everything that people post on social media is factually accurate enough to be used as the basis for a decision.  The process of… Read More »

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Police Discover Cocaine Disguised as Car Batteries, Florida Man Charged With Possession With Intent to Distribute

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On April 14th, 2020, the Miami Herald reported on the story of a significant drug bust on a cargo vessel in the Miami River. What initially appeared to be two pallets stacked with car batteries were later discovered to be powder cocaine. After an investigation, state and federal agents arrested a man named Juan… Read More »

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Police in Florida Find a “Bag Full of Drugs” in a Car and Arrest Two People on Trafficking Charges

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According to the Miami Herald’s reporting, deputies from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office recently pulled over a vehicle that was allegedly speeding on Interstate 10 in North Florida. Within the vehicle, officers discovered a tote bag that was labelled “Bag Full of Drugs”—the bag was eventually searched and police found the following banned… Read More »

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Two Federal Government Contractors Arrested in Drug Bust at PortMiami

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, two federal contractors from the District of Columbia have been arrested in a drug bust at PortMiami. Located in Biscayne Bay, PortMiami is the busiest passenger port in the entire world. The drug bust occurred at the passenger section of the port, when two men attempted to… Read More »

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Miami High School Security Guard Arrested on Drug Distribution Charges

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According to reporting from ABC 10 News, Jamie Green — a Miami-Dade County high school security guard — has been arrested on multiple drug charges. The arrest report indicates that Mr. Green was pulled over by local law enforcement officers shortly after an undercover detective allegedly watched him sell drugs to a buyer at… Read More »

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Nearly a Dozen People Arrested in Miami-Dade County Drug Bust

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According to reporting from NBC 6 Miami, at least eleven people were arrested in a coordinated drug raid that occurred throughout multiple locations across Miami-Dade County, Florida. In the early morning hours of August 9th, 2018, agents and officers from several law enforcement agencies carried out this operation. Among other agencies, this includes the… Read More »

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Large Drug Bust Reported in Southwest Florida

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On May 4th, 2018, WFLA News Channel 8 reported that 77 people have been arrested in a massive drug trafficking bust in Sarasota County, Florida. The Sheriff’s Office labeled the arrest a part of ‘Operation Spring Cleaning’. According to law enforcement officials, this operation was focused on breaking up the manufacturing and trafficking of… Read More »

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Florida Mother Wrongfully Held for Five Months Due to Botched Field Drug Test

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On March 10th, 2018, the Miami Herald reported on a stunning, heartbreaking story out of Pasco County, Florida. According to an investigation, a Tampa mother was arrested and held in jail for five months after a police officer’s botched field test incorrectly identified her vitamins as oxycodone pills. Sadly, this mistake is far from… Read More »

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South Florida Couple Arrested for Alleged Trafficking of Chinese Fentanyl

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In late October 2017, authorities arrested a South Florida couple allegedly involved with an international drug smuggling ring that brought fentanyl and other, similar drugs from China to the United States. The couple was allegedly involved in the money laundering and distribution portion of the drug trafficking operation, which directly resulted in four American… Read More »

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Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Florida

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Drug use does not occur in a vacuum. Whether a drug is injected, snorted, or smoked, it is used in conjunction with an apparatus. This apparatus, along with items used to cultivate and transport the drug, is considered to be a piece of drug paraphernalia. In Florida, the possession of drug paraphernalia is a… Read More »

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Cocaine Trafficking is on the Rise in Florida

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According to drug enforcement officials, drug trafficking into South Florida is happening at a higher rate than it has at any point in the last decade. In the past year, Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated approximately 9,500 pounds of cocaine being moved into the nation through Florida. Cocaine overdose deaths in Florida are… Read More »

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What are the Penalties for Cocaine Possession in Florida?

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Cocaine is a controlled dangerous substance, as defined by the federal Controlled Substances Act and Florida Statute 893. The possession of cocaine is a serious criminal offense that can result in jail time and substantial fines. Like other drug-related offenses, the penalties an individual faces for the possession of cocaine depend on how much… Read More »

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What to Know if you are Facing a Heroin Possession Charge

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If you have been arrested for the possession of any type of controlled dangerous substance, you could be facing substantial penalties such as fines, probation, and jail time. The specific penalties you face depend on the type of drug you allegedly possessed and the amount of it you allegedly had. Depending on your circumstances,… Read More »

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Drug Bust Follows Accidental 911 Call

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In Okaloosa County, police showed up to an apartment and found five people as well as marijuana, 20 partial Xanax bars, 152 full Xanax bars, 21 grams of heroin, six grams of powder cocaine, a loaded .38 Special handgun, and $2,500 in cash after receiving a 911 call from the cell phone owned by… Read More »

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The Serious Consequences of a Methamphetamine Charge

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The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) recently completed a large drug bust that infiltrated a significant methamphetamine trafficking ring throughout central Florida. As reported in the Orlando Sentinel, the bust resulted from months of surveillance and investigations that began after the release of a convicted methamphetamine trafficker. Upon receiving a tip, investigators reportedly began… Read More »

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