On Feb. 7, a Florida detention center worker was fired after she was taken into custody on drug charges. The 43-year-old defendant was an employee of the Monroe County Detention Center in Key West.
Members of a Florida motorcycle gang pleaded guilty to allegations of distributing methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando said on Feb. 4. The members of Pagan's Motorcycle Club, a banned "outlaw" gang, hailed from a number of areas across the state. They were accused of drug charges, including conspiring to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in the Central Florida area to both group and individual customers.
On Jan. 24, a former Florida cop pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge after accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to protect drug trafficking operations in Miami. On an undercover recording, she was caught saying that she didn't care if her actions helped cover up a "dead body cut up in pieces".
Teens in Florida and other states have many different ways in which they can access controlled substances. According to a CNN poll of teens in high school, 24 percent of respondents admitted to using marijuana in the past year. In addition to smoking marijuana, teens may vape or use oil pens to conceal their activity. In many cases, teenagers will pool their money together to purchase a drug. They may also take whatever happens to be available at home or available through a friend or other source.
The new year is off to a rough start for one Gainesville man. On Jan. 3, he was arrested for allegedly hiding cocaine between beer cases in a store and attempting to flee from police.
A traffic stop on Christmas Eve in Monroe County in Florida resulted in a 40-year-old man going to jail for the holidays. Although he obtained his release two days later after posting a $64,000 bond, he has multiple felony charges related to controlled substances allegedly found in his car for which to answer.
On Tuesday, Dec. 18, two Florida residents were arrested for alleged drug crimes in Melbourne. One of the defendants is a 15-year-old boy.
A 29-year-old Florida man is facing multiple drug charges after law enforcement officers pulled over his vehicle on Dec. 12 and discovered thousands of painkillers as well as nearly half a million dollars in cash. The incident occurred on Brian Setterich Road near Wewahitchka.
Police in Florida say that complaints from angry and frustrated neighbors led them to a Putnam County home being used to manufacture methamphetamine. One resident told reporters that cars would arrive at and depart from the property at all hours of the day and night. Two men and a woman were taken into custody at the scene in connection with the alleged meth lab and all have been charged with multiple narcotics felonies according to media accounts of the operation.
In mid-November, Florida authorities arrested six people for allegedly taking part in a drug ring that shipped hundreds of pounds of marijuana from California to Jacksonville. The arrests brought an end to "Operation Going Back to Cali," a four-month-long investigation by the police.