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.
The operative reportedly called the 31-year-old man to arrange a cocaine sale. The man then gave his phone to his 29-year-old girlfriend who allegedly set the time and place. After the sale, the two individuals were taken into custody and were then charged with selling about $100 worth of the drug to the undercover operative.
Florida authorities take the war on drugs very seriously. This ultimately means that even minor drug crimes are aggressively prosecuted. Any individuals who have been charged with drug crimes could face a prison sentence, probation and major fines. However, the severity of the consequences can depend on a variety of factors, including the type of the drug, the amount of the drug and whether an accused person has prior drug-related convictions. Regardless, even minor consequences can have a major impact on a person’s future.
Because the consequences can impact where a person can live and work in the future, a criminal law attorney may investigate the case. The attorney may build a strong defense by analyzing the methods the authorities used to seize the evidence. In some cases, the attorney may be able to argue that the person’s constitutional rights were violated during the search that led to the seizure. This could potentially lead to the exclusion of that evidence and potentially a dismissal of the charges.
Source: Local 10, “Keys couple sells cocaine to undercover operative in Walgreens bathroom“, Peter Burke, March 2, 2018