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School security guard faces drug charges

A Florida school security guard lost his job after being arrested for several drug charges on Nov. 5. The 43-year-old man was employed at Felix Varela Senior High School; however, he was arrested from his home and is now facing multiple accusations. Undercover police claim that they saw the man selling drugs to another man at a local gas station located near the high school campus. The sale reportedly took place during school hours, but there is as of yet no evidence that students were involved.

Police say that they began observing the man after they received an anonymous tip accusing him of dealing drugs. He was pulled over in his car after police claimed to witness the gas station transaction; they found a THC cartridge and 1 gram of cocaine in his vehicle's center vehicle. However, they later obtained a search warrant for the man's home. After searching the house, authorities found 790 grams of marijuana and 29.4 grams of cocaine, both stored in the man's bedroom.

Poor social media behavior can impact your domestic violence case

Allegations of domestic violence can have a profound impact on your social life and your professional life. A conviction of any sort could haunt you for years, while any kind of protective order can impact where you can travel or how you spend your time.

It's important to understand that your behavior when talking with law enforcement and court officials will impact the outcome of your case.

Local Florida political candidate arrested on cocaine charges

On Nov. 2, Florida authorities arrested a Sweetwater City Commission candidate on suspicion of trafficking drugs. He was taken into custody at his home in Sweetwater.

According to media reports, a confidential source told agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that the candidate, age 29, may be involved in a cocaine trafficking ring. During the ensuing investigation, authorities also linked two other male defendants, ages 24 and 60, to the ring.

Factors that go into a theft sentence

Those who are convicted of theft in Florida can face a range of penalties. The exact penalties will depend on the severity of the crime and other factors relevant to the case. Generally speaking, if the stolen property's value is less than $1,000, a defendant will face a misdemeanor charge. However, this could be upgraded if an offender has past convictions for theft or other crimes on their record.

If a crime is considered to be one of moral turpitude, it may be harder for a person to find a job after a conviction. This is because the conviction is likely to appear on a background check as part of the job application process. Those who are not in the country legally could face deportation if they are convicted of a crime in the United States.

Florida man accused of flushing cocaine down toilet

Police claim that a 39-year-old Florida man tried to dispose of cocaine by flushing it down a toilet when detectives arrived at his Sarasota home on Oct. 11 to execute a search warrant. The man was taken into custody at the scene on drug possession and trafficking charges and was released the following day after posting a $50,000 bond.

SCSO detectives say that they saw the man run from the bedroom of his Claude Lane home to a bathroom on the other side of the residence when they arrived with a search warrant. After gaining entry to the residence, detectives are said to have found the man kneeling next to a toilet with wet hands and surrounded with a white powder that was later identified as cocaine. During the ensuing search, police say that they recovered more evidence of drug sales including $16,730 in cash wrapped in rubber bands and hidden under a blanket in a closet.

School threats result in arrests of Florida teens

Multiple cases of teenage boys heading to court after threatening their schools have occurred throughout Florida. A 13-year-old from Silver Trail Middle School in Fort Lauderdale now faces a second-degree felony charge after mentioning in class on Oct. 4 that he wished he could shoot up his school. That statement caused his teacher to report him to the police officer on duty at the school.

Police also arrested another 14-year-old boy who attended Franklin Academy. Authorities had been alerted to his social media posts that showed him with another teenager posing with an airsoft gun. They wore tactical gear and aimed a threatening message at the school.

Florida drug sting leads to 32 arrests

In late September and early October, Lee County authorities arrested 32 people for allegedly taking part in various drug crimes. The crimes reportedly involved opioids and other illicit substances.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the arrests were the culmination of a two-month investigation called Operation Fall Frenzy. In addition to the arrests, large amounts of illegal drugs were recovered during the operation, including cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine. The investigation is not yet complete. At least 12 other arrest warrants have been issued for individuals accused of dealing drugs in Lee County.

Which domestic violence defense strategy is best?

A charge of domestic violence is serious, as a conviction can impact your life in many ways. Not only can it lead to time in prison, but it can also alter your personal and professional life.

Regardless of the details surrounding your domestic violence case, it's imperative to understand the many types of defense strategies available to you. Choosing the right one can go a long way in helping you avoid a conviction.

Sheriff deputy's conduct leads to release of inmates.

Due to the alleged misconduct of a sheriff's in a neighboring county of Tallahassee, Florida, a number of convicted prisoners have been set free. The purported actions of the officer in question have led to an investigation by both state and county law enforcement agencies. The investigation could lead to the dismissal of current charges against other defendants as well as the release of further prisoners.

The investigation stems from allegations that the deputy 'planted" evidence during traffic stops. The issue began during the review of the officer's body cam footage during a stop. According to those who witnessed the tape, is appears the officer held a small package in his left hand. Later, he claimed to have discovered a similar looking package containing methamphetamines while searching the suspect's vehicle.

Florida man caught with cocaine after traffic stop

A 47-year-old man landed in jail for cocaine possession after a deputy from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office pulled over his car for allegedly not using a turn signal during a lane change. The driver stopped his vehicle on the Overseas Highway close to Ocean Bay Drive in Key Largo. A spokesman for the sheriff's office said that the man argued with the deputy and demanded to speak to the deputy's supervisor because there was no reason to be pulled over.

The deputy reported that the driver rolled up his window and appeared to be getting something out from under the car seat. The deputy drew his Taser and opened the driver door. The man eluded the deputy's attempt to detain him and fled into a wooded area.

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