The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 42-year-old man and a 36-year-old man in a large-scale drug bust. The Florida drug trafficking arrests occurred on a recent Friday during what authorities are referring to as a "buy/bust" operation. In addition to arresting the suspects in the case, authorities also say they seized a large amount of cocaine, which purportedly holds an estimated street value of $300,000.
Drug crimes are one of the most common criminal offenses that individuals are accused of in Florida. Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, the drug crimes may fall under federal court jurisdiction. In comparison, with a state-level offense, a federal drug charge will have different laws and potential punishments associated with it. Often, the punishments are much more severe in federal drug court, but this could change.
A couple of young men did not help themselves much in their recent arrest in Florida on drug charges. Police came to the door of an apartment in Fort Walton Beach on a noise complaint on Feb. 23. Deputies say that they noticed a "strong odor of green marijuana" coming from the apartment and eventually ended up arresting two people for drug possession.
Sheriff's deputies in Florida arrested an 18-year-old man on drug charges in Sarasota. Police say that they found the teenager in his car counting cash with a bag of marijuana next to him. Authorities approached the man's vehicle after receiving reports of drug deals happening in the parking lot of a fitness center. They later arrested the man and charged him with selling drugs.