Three people in Florida are facing drug charges after the Lane County Sheriff's Office searched a home in Woodville on March 8. When police entered the home with a search warrant, they claim to have found methamphetamine, fentanyl and over $1,000 in cash. A 38-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man were charged with a number of drug offenses; a 43-year-old man was also taken into custody.
On March 2, it was reported that a Florida couple were charged with numerous drug offenses after they allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover operative. The drug deal allegedly took place in a Marathon Walgreens bathroom.
A 25-year-old woman apparently living in a van in Key West ended up being charged with multiple drug offenses after speaking with officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. According to the officers, they approached her at Marathon FWC station located on mile marker 48 to discuss her boat that had been damaged in Hurricane Irma. They informed her that the state would dispose of the vessel at no cost, but then they chose to investigate the odor of marijuana coming from her van.
A 52-year-old Florida man was taken into custody on Feb. 13 on charges related to selling drugs from the hotel where he worked. There were other individuals in the areas searched when law enforcement arrived to do a search, but they were all released.
The athletics department at Florida State University in Tallahassee acknowledged that local police cited two student athletes for smoking marijuana. The university intends to address the situation internally and did not provide more details about how the students might be disciplined. Both male students, age 19, held positions on the 2017 football roster, one as a freshman running back and the other as a sophomore defensive back.
A South Florida woman is facing multiple felony charges after an undercover operation by Hollywood Police. The woman is accused of drug trafficking and mixing heroin with fentanyl. She was charged with trafficking fentanyl, cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Federal authorities have taken steps to seize a Florida home that is alleged to have been the base of a criminal organization that distributed large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine in Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin counties. The 57-year-old owner of the property, which reports indicate sits on 8.23 acres, was taken into custody on Jan. 17 after agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the property.
On the morning of Jan. 19, Miami Beach Police took a man into custody on numerous charges, some of which were possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school and possession for the purpose of trafficking. The police claim that the 48-year-oldman is a "well-known" drug dealer on Ocean Drive.
State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando has once again filed legislation to end criminal penalties for possession of personal use amounts of marijuana. His House Bill 1203 defines the acceptable amounts as no more than 20 grams of marijuana or no more than 5 grams of concentrated cannabis extracts. This represents Smith's second attempt to designate possession of small amounts of marijuana as a civil offense instead of a criminal one.
A 31-year-old woman is facing drug-related charges after the Florida Highway Patrol stopped her for a window tint violation and found drugs in her car. The woman also had her 4-year-old and 11-month-old with her. The trooper noticed the smell of marijuana. The woman consented to a search and said her husband was also one of the car's drivers and that she had packed the car with a friend. A second trooper arrived and removed the children from the vehicle.