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Man faces federal drug charge from dark web

There has been controversy for some time as to whether a person could be charged if someone died after using drugs that the deceased allegedly bought from that person. Now one man is facing that possibility. That man was recently brought to Florida to face a federal drug charge after substances that he is suspected of selling were linked to the death of a woman from Orlando.

The man appeared in a federal court, where it was decided that there was enough evidence to try him for the crime. The substances that he is accused of selling on the dark web is said to be linked to as many as 20 overdoses. He was held in jail until his transfer to the state since it was determined that he is allegedly a flight risk. He has been charged with mailing the illegal substance known as fentanyl to the fiance of the woman who died.

Florida man jailed on false drug possession charges

A man was arrested and held in jail for three months after being falsely accused of having cocaine in his vehicle. Police initially pulled the Florida resident over  in March because he was allegedly driving with no headlights at about 9:30 p.m. Before the night was over, he was in jail and facing false drug possession charges.

According to the officer who pulled him over, the 57-year-old man was on probation for selling small amounts of marijuana and cocaine, and had an 8 p.m. curfew. The man argued that his curfew was actually 10 p.m, but the officer arrested him anyway and called for a K-9 to search his vehicle. The arrest report states that the policeman found debris in the vehicle which he suspected was small amounts of marijuana, and he found tiny chunks that he thought was cocaine.

Having medical marijuana could lead to drug possession charge

A local airport has banned medical marijuana on its premises, despite the fact that it is legal in the state. Those patients who use the drug for medical reasons should be aware when traveling through the Orlando International Airport in Florida. It is now illegal for anyone to carry the drug into the airport, and doing so could land them with a drug possession charge.

The vote to make carrying the drug in any form illegal was unanimous by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Passengers caught with marijuana on their person or in their luggage could be charged with a crime, regardless of what why they needed the drug. Those who ignore the new rule could have their stash confiscated and be arrested by a law enforcement officer.

Florida approves mandatory minimums on fentanyl drug possession

A bill was recently signed into law in Florida which establishes mandatory minimums for those caught with the drug known as fentanyl. Governor Rick Scott signed the drug possession measure, which was written with the intention of cracking down on the dealers who are selling the drug or any of its derivatives. Because fetanyl is such a dangerous drug, the hope is that stricter sentencing guidelines will help eradicate its use across the state.

Fentanyl is an intense, man-made opioid that has caused many deaths across the country. For those who are caught with between 4 grams and 14 grams of the drug, the mandatory sentence would be at least three years. Anyone convicted of having between 14 grams and 28 grams would spend at least 15 years in prison, and those possessing over 28 grams would receive a sentence of not less than 25 years.

Florida man flashing money online arrested for drug possession

A man has been arrested after flashing money on camera for Facebook Live. According to reports, the man was showing off a handful of money when officers interrupted with a loudspeaker, raiding his home. Several people were said to have sent the live video to a local news station in Jacksonville, Florida. The man was arrested for drug possession and other charges.

The arrest report states that the man was arrested after police found a handgun, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, oxycodone pills and crack cocaine in the home. On the video, the man can be seen with the cash, and then he looks out a window when he hears the police. He ran out of the room and off camera at that point. No drugs were seen in the video.

26 arrested for drug trafficking, police searching for 10 more

After a recent drug sting, 26 people have been arrested on various charges and 10 more are at large. Reports from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office share that the suspects were taken during Operation Shady Lane, a multi-agency effort to catch those involved in drug trafficking in Florida. As many as 36 warrants were issued for the operation.

Along with the arrests, police reportedly confiscated close to $120,000 worth of drugs and weapons. Cocaine, heroin and 500 prescription pills, as well as a sawed-off shotgun and other weapons, were all said to have been taken from the scene. There were other suspicious substances found as well that have not yet been analyzed by authorities, according to the report.

Nurse accused of prescription drug possession

A nurse has been accused of selling prescription medicines. The woman was arrested and charged with prescription drug possession, selling or distributing opium, dispensing drugs without a prescription, and possessing drug paraphernalia. She worked in the intensive care ward of JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The 36-year-old nurse posted a bond of $53,250 and was released from jail. It is claimed that she stole the drugs from the intensive care ward of the hospital. She then allegedly sold these drugs in different quantities and forms to several different buyers.

Drug trafficking charge made at medical marijuana promotion

Despite the fact that the state voted to legalize medical marijuana last year, one resident was recently arrested after police found him with the drug. According to officers, the man was too brazen about the weed before he was charged with drug trafficking in Florida. The whole ordeal began with just a few illegally parked cars.

Supposedly, when police stopped to check out those cars, they stumbled across a weed festival where people were supporting the use of medical marijuana. The man who was charged claims that he was only coordinating an event that was planned in order to educate the public on Amendment 2, which legalized the drug for certain uses in the state. Officers say, however, that they found over 50 pounds of marijuana in jars as well as chewables, cookies, and candy.

14 alleged gang members each face federal drug charge

Agents from the federal law enforcement have passed down indictments for 14 people whom they believe were members of a violent gang. The arrests include 11 counts, with more than one federal drug charge.  It is all part of an attempt by federal authorities to crack down on the drug trade in Florida.

Among the charges are drug trafficking and racketeering, which could carry stiff sentences if the accused are convicted. Police claim that this is their way of removing violent offenders that upset the security of nearby neighborhoods. The gang has apparently kept fear in the streets since the year 2000, and moved more than 21 grams of coke a day in most days, according to the report.

Last cocaine cowboy pleads not guilty to federal drug charge

The last one of the state's legendary cocaine cowboys will plead not guilty to smuggling drugs after being on the run for 26 years. He has been living in a suburb of Orlando, Florida, with his wife under false names. Authorities arrested the man for the federal drug charge while he and the wife were on a 40-mile bike ride.

The 55-year-old is facing a potential life sentence on drug trafficking charges from almost three decades ago. On May 11, he plans to plead not guilty and ask for a trial by jury, according to his attorney. In the meantime, his attorney will be reviewing the case.

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