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.
Florida police took a 26-year-old Key West woman into custody on Dec. 19, 2017, for selling drugs. She faces three counts of using a two-way device to facilitate a felony and three felony counts of dealing opium. A 32-year-old man was also arrested in connection with the woman. He faces charges of selling opium within 1,000 feet of a school, using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony, drug equipment possession, cocaine possession and selling opium.
Police in Florida have reported that a 32-year-old man and 37-year-old woman were taken into custody on a raft of drug charges on Dec. 15 after significant quantities of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription medications were discovered during the search of a Brevard County residence. Reports indicate that the search warrant was executed by officers from the Cocoa Police Department's Special Investigation Unit and Special Weapons and Tactics team.
On Dec. 20, it was reported that an up-and-coming country music artist was taken into custody in Florida after he was accused of drunk driving and being in possession of drugs. The singer, known as Michael Ray, reportedly got into a minor car accident in the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Eustis.