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.
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.
Florida law views possession of marijuana up to 20 grams as a first-degree misdemeanor that could send someone to jail for up to one year and impose a $1,000 fine. The city council in Cocoa Beach, however, has chosen to decriminalize possession in those small amounts. In a 3-2 vote, the council gave city officials the ability to issue civil citations instead of criminal charges. The decision also applied to people found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.
If the allegations prove true, a Florida corrections officer may be looking at the other side of prison bars. After a raid, the accused guard faces multiple counts of drug possession with intent to sell, weapons possession and other charges.
For now, it is still illegal to possess recreational marijuana in Florida. However, it is also illegal for police officers to illegally search someone's vehicle in order to find evidence. Those two issues are the center of a current criminal case in Miami-Dade County.
Seven Florida residents were arrested during a drug bust in Wakulla County in February. The operation came about after several citizens complained about alleged drug activity on a residential street in the area.
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.