Florida residents may be interested to learn about a case where a 64-year old man received a monetary settlement after police officers in Orlando mistakenly identified Krispy Kreme donut glaze for methamphetamine. The situation unfolded in late 2015 during a routine traffic stop that has put Florida taxpayers on the hook for $37,500, excluding court costs.
The most common drug offenses leading to arrests in Florida and across the United States are related to possession of controlled substances. According to the 2016 Uniform Crime Report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the latest law enforcement trend in the U.S. involves arresting individuals for simple possession. Nearly 85 percent of the nearly 1.6 million drug arrests conducted by state and federal agencies in 2016 were for drug possession charges, and the vast majority of these arrests did not involve any violence.
The Florida Highway Patrol has reported that a 33-year-old Mississippi man is facing a raft of charges including drug possession and dealing in stolen property after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident on the morning of Sept. 30. Police say that the man's vehicle struck a wooden box in the parking lot of Santa Rosa County convenience store pushing it through the store's window. The incident took place on Navarre Parkway in Navarre at approximately 6:00 a.m.
On Sept. 14, law enforcement officials in Florida recovered more than 360 grams of methamphetamine following an alleged burglary involving a tire. Police say that the confiscated meth has a street value of more than $14,000 and represents the largest drug bust ever achieved by the Fort Myers Police Department. Two men were taken into custody in Lee County in connection with the incident. Trials for both men are scheduled to begin on Oct. 16.
On Sept. 16, a Florida man was taken into custody and charged after investigators found more than $400,000 worth of drugs after executing a search warrant. The activity took place at a residence located in the 700 block of Redwood Avenue in Panama City at about 6 p.m.
A Florida man who was taken into custody on suspicion of drug possession on Aug. 26 was also accused of attempting to hide a large amount of money from the police. It appeared that the man attempted to hide multiple $20 bills in his rectum.
A man was taken into custody on Aug. 24 after he was accused of attempting to smuggle heroin into a Florida jail using his prosthetic leg. He had initially been brought to the jail on a warrant for neglecting to appear in court on a driving with a suspended license charge.
A couple who fell asleep outside of a SunTrust Bank branch in the Florida Panhandle will face criminal charges related to drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as possession of weapons. According to reports, the 23-year old woman and a 40-year old man were approached by police officers who found them passed out on the evening of Aug. 12.
Two Florida residents were taken into custody on Aug. 7 on suspicion of being involved in a car burglary and for being in possession of drugs. Authorities said that the individuals, a 26-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, were found sleeping in a Volkswagen Jetta in a McDonald's parking lot at 4:30 a.m.
Five Florida residents were taken into custody on Aug. 8 following the execution of a search warrant at a New Port Richey residence. Authorities said that meth, firearms and a variety of Nazi propaganda was recovered during the search.