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Boynton Beach Man Gets 380 Months In Federal Prison For Transporting Drugs To South Florida By FedEx

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Especially in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, people had to get creative about finding alternatives to in-person socializing.  Endlessly scrolling through Twitter is depressing enough even when you still have opportunities to put down your phone and interact with your coworkers in person every now and then, and playing Trivial Pursuit with… Read More »

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Boca Raton Businessman Faces Criminal Charges For Manufacturing Counterfeit Lean

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In 2022, no one is surprised to find out that doctors and pharmaceutical companies play a role in drug crimes.  If you search the archives of South Florida news sites, you will find plenty of stories about doctors who illegally prescribed drugs with high abuse potential, healthcare workers who stole controlled substances from their… Read More »

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Med Spa Maverick Received More Than $1 Million In PPP Loans While Drug Charges Against Him Were Pending

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When med spas and “lotions and potions” multilevel marketing representatives try to sell skincare products to male clients, they act like it is news that skin care is for men, too, but in Florida, we have known this for decades.  Everyone who has been to South Florida has seen its impossibly handsome dudes, but… Read More »

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Nutritional Supplement Bros Headed To Prison For Conspiracy To Distribute Anabolic Steroids

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Anabolic steroids are to the human body as iguanas are to the Florida ecosystem.  The body naturally produces testosterone, which increases muscle mass, but anabolic steroids taken as pills or injections mimic the effects of testosterone except on a much larger scale, causing all kinds of dysfunction with the body’s own hormones.  Walk into… Read More »

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Five Defendants Await Sentencing After Pleading Guilty In Fort Myers Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Case

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The court can order you to go to jail if you disobey a court order; this is called criminal contempt of court.  Jail time is not the only possible punishment for contempt; most of the time, people held in contempt of court must only pay monetary fines. If you have ever heard a divorced… Read More »

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The Long Road To Justice For The Defendants Arrested By Deputy Notorious For Falsifying Evidence In Drug Cases

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In the hours after being released from jail after an arrest on suspicion of drug possession, many defendants Google phrases like “possible defenses for drug possession charges.”  When you do this, you find out that you can be acquitted if you establish reasonable doubt that the substance the police confiscated from you was an… Read More »

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Real Life “Bad Boys” Cops Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison After Drug Sting

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Nothing is better than seeing your favorite Miami landmarks on the silver screen, regardless of how you feel about the overall movie.  Scarface is a bit too gritty, and The Birdcage is too pollyannaish, but the Bad Boys franchise just might be the perfect Miami flicks.  The movies starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence… Read More »

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Two South Florida Men Arrested For Trafficking Opioids On The Darknet

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The darknet has emboldened participants in the illegal drug trade.  When you venture into the dark corners of the Internet that search engines cannot access, the photo-realistic graphics are absent, but so is the feeling that anyone can find out anything about anyone with just a few clicks.  It is a feeling of online… Read More »

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A Country Boy’s Journey To A Heroic Medical Career, The Fort Lauderdale Party Scene, And Then Prison

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Before Carlton Cash received his sentence after pleading guilty to drug dealing charges, his lawyer said that Cash was not a “typical defendant,” but no one is.  Many thousands of people get arrested on drug charges in Florida each year, and none of them fits the caricatured profile of the scary monster who wants… Read More »

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BSO Deputies Arrest Father and Son in Drug Bust in Parking Lot of Pompano Beach Eatery

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One of the best things about living in South Florida is that you can always get your fix of sunshine at one of the region’s many reasonably priced, outdoor seating only eateries where the food isn’t too greasy, just greasy enough.  While it might be fun to make key lime pie or lobster bisque… Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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