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What is probable cause? Why is it important?

To arrest you, search your home or vehicle or to take away your property, the police must have probable cause. Probable cause means that the police must have an adequate reason to perform an action. If they do not, then you could have the case dismissed and potentially file a claim against the police for their mistreatment and errors.

What are Florida's heroin laws?

A growing opioid epidemic has authorities and the government concerned across the United States. Opiates, which are generally used as pain killers, were easy to access in the past. That made them more likely to be used illicitly, even though they were controlled substances.

Cookie Monster stopped for smuggling drugs in the U.S.

This piece of news is something different that not many can say they've heard before. A report stated that police found cocaine stuffed inside a Cookie Monster doll. While it's common to find drugs stashed in a number of different items, this item shocked police in Florida.

Man already in Florida prison indicted on federal drug charges

A Jamaican man could face life in prison if he is found guilty of drug trafficking charges involving allegedly providing almost 60 pounds of cocaine to a flight attendant. That flight attendant, who worked for JetBlue, has admitted to trying to smuggle the drugs onto an airplane last March.

Trafficking ring uses Florida as transaction base

Many times, drug trafficking takes place across state lines. When that occurs, both states may have an interest in pursuing charges against the individuals defrauding the system and transporting illegal drugs. In this case, the people accused of transporting drugs were stopped and arrested in Ohio, but they specifically went to Florida to gain access to the medications they are accused of wanting to sell.

Traffic violations lead to stop and drug arrest

We have seen it happen so many times in Fort Lauderdale: a car is driven erratically and the driver is pulled over. After a search, the driver finds himself in custody on drug charges. We read recently of this very same scenario playing out south of us in the Lower Keys. That is where a 52-year-old driver was observed by a police officer to be swerving his vehicle on a highway at about 3 in the morning. The man's pick-up crossed the center line 8 times before the police car's lights went on.

How a drug investigation can lead to an arrest

When you're stopped and questioned about drug use or are arrested for the possession of drugs, you're in a position where you need to consider how you're going to defend yourself against the charges the police place against you. If you were part of an investigation, the police and the prosecution may believe they already have enough evidence to convict you, but you still have several defensive options.

Hundreds of pounds of marijuana found on the Florida coast

Between the beginning of September and October of 2016, the Border Patrol and the United States Coast Guard discovered approximately 400 pounds of marijuana floating in the water near Eastern Florida and the Florida Keys. Although there have been several hurricanes and major storms in these months, the 15 separate incidents where these drugs were found floating and washed up on shore indicate that drug trafficking is still a problem in Florida. It's believed that the overall haul would have produced around $306,400 dollars in revenue for the sellers.

Should high-denomination paper currency be eliminated to fight crime?

Chances are good that if you've recently watched any film or television show depicting financial, drug-related or other types of criminal activity that there was one at least one scene depicting a briefcase, bag or shoebox filled with high-denomination paper currency changing hands.

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