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Florida drug bust results in 19 arrests, seizure of over $18,000

Police in a Florida county detained 19 individuals on suspicion of drug dealing as part of a drug bust termed "Operation Spring MAYhem". Police launched the investigation into the alleged drug dealing three months prior to the raid. Four locations were searched as part of the bust.

Police seized 4 pounds of various narcotics during the raid. The drugs included cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, opiates and methamphetamines. Over $18,000, drug paraphernalia and several weapons were also seized as part of the raid. Some of the seized weapons had been previously reported as stolen. The individuals detained were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, drug possession and sales of drugs. Some were also charged with violating probation and drug trafficking.

Florida man smokes meth, attacks mattress

A Florida man is facing drug charges after allegedly locking his girlfriend in their bedroom and ripping apart a mattress. The incident took place in Fort Walton Beach.

According to police records, deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office were called to a residence on Willow Bend Boulevard at approximately 1:10 a.m. on April 26. The woman who made the call said her boyfriend was acting strangely and claimed she was cheating on him with a man who was hiding in their bedroom mattress. She also accused him of locking her in the bedroom with him and refusing to let her exit. He then allegedly attacked the mattress, stabbing it with a bedpost and ripping it up with his bare hands. While he was busy battling the mattress, she was able to leave the room and call for help.

Common penalties that come with a criminal conviction

It is no secret that a criminal conviction usually carries some serious consequences. For example, if you are facing a domestic violence charge in Fort Lauderdale, in addition to a restraining order, you could also have to spend time incarcerated and pay expensive fines and court fees. Like with any criminal offense, the extent of the penalties is going to depend on the severity of the crime and the specific details surrounding the incident.

During the sentencing process in Florida, the court can impose a wide variety of penalties as a result of a conviction. Here are a few consequences you might suffer if a court finds you guilty of a criminal act.

Major drug investigation in Florida leads to charges against 47

A major undercover investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Florida has led to charges being filed against 47 individuals according to an announcement from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. In addition to taking 44 suspects into custody and obtaining arrest warrants for three more, investigators from the PCSO, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the United States Border Patrol reportedly seized about 50 pounds of methamphetamine, several guns and an undisclosed amount of cash during the investigation.

According to media accounts, investigators discovered that large quantities of methamphetamine were being transported from Mexico to Polk County and locations in Georgia, South Carolina and Texas. The individuals taken into custody face a total of 85 felony and 50 misdemeanor counts. Nine of the suspects are alleged to be in the United States without authorization and are being detained at the Polk County Jail on holds from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Student faces drug charges for allegedly selling at FSU

Drug use is a common issue on many Florida college campuses. This can involve prescription drugs that are acquired and sold illegally as well as recreational drugs. For a college student who is arrested and charged with selling drugs, a conviction can have negative implications on their lives. One student at Florida State University has been confronted with these concerns and could face serious consequences.

The male student, 18, was arrested on drug charges for allegedly selling various drugs from his dorm room. According to the investigation, he used his social media accounts to advertise that the drugs were available. Xanax, marijuana and other items were found in his possession. Witnesses who helped law enforcement stated that they went to the student's dorm room to make the purchases. The drugs were hidden beneath his bed and in mason jars.

Woman busted for selling meth in Florida

On April 10, a 47-year-old Florida woman was arrested for allegedly dealing crystal meth in Homosassa. According to media outlets, detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the defendant's home, which is located on Woodward Place, early in the morning. The property reportedly had a large amount of litter and debris in the yard. Inside the home, officers say they found various safety hazards, including exposed wiring and sewer problems. The house was being powered by a generator.

A search of the home allegedly yielded 18 grams of methamphetamine, meth that had been pre-packed for sale and various pieces of drug distribution equipment. Some of the meth was reportedly found within the reach of children who were living in the home. The defendant has been charged with drug trafficking. If convicted, she could face up to three years in prison. The children were attended to by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

How to defend yourself against domestic violence charges

In our modern age, allegations of domestic violence are taken more seriously than ever before. Unfortunately, this remains a problem throughout the country, with many people finding themselves victims at some point in their lives.

Every year, more than one million women are victims of some form of physical assault by someone they're in a relationship with. And this doesn't even take into consideration the many men who are victims.

The new debate over technology and privacy rights

The use of facial recognition technology could mean that those who have shoplifted in Florida could be banned from stores across the country. This could result in a person not being allowed to shop anywhere, which may be an example of technological overreach. Furthermore, it could violate a person's fundamental right to privacy to not be tracked wherever he or she goes. Privacy advocates contend that technology is moving faster than the ability to create new regulations.

There is also an issue regarding the technology's precision. An individual could experience a variety of negative consequences if he or she is falsely accused of being a shoplifter or criminal of any type. Currently, there is no specific rule as to how precise the technology needs to be before it's put into use. Some facial recognition programs have been improving their accuracy by using photos posted to social media sites, which raises privacy concerns of its own.

Florida man guides deputies to his marijuana and gets arrested

Sheriff's deputies in Indian River County in Florida encountered a 64-year-old man who apparently wanted to bring attention to his marijuana. Deputies had responded to a complaint about someone burning yard waste on 85th Street. The man greeted them while tending his smoking pile of vegetation that was about 6 feet across and 2 feet high, according to the affidavit prepared for the court. He allegedly informed law enforcement that he was only burning waste and that his good marijuana was in the house.

Deputies reported that he told them not to worry about his burn pile because the leaves were not the part of the plant that people smoke. He then boasted of having a quarter pound of marijuana inside.

The role of the JAC

A minor who is taken into custody in Florida might be sent to a juvenile assessment center (JAC). One of the key benefits of a JAC is that a police officer does not have to wait for a parent or guardian to pick the minor up. Instead, the minor can be processed and the officer can go back to patrolling the streets. However, there are times in which a minor is not accepted into a JAC.

For instance, that person may have been suicidal, intoxicated or otherwise had a medical issue that cannot be treated at the center. While at a JAC, a teen may have access to a variety of services such as drug screenings or interventions. Furthermore, minors may be given information about services that may exist independent of the JAC that could help reduce their likelihood of committing crimes in the future.

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