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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drug trafficking isn't the same crime as possession of a controlled substance. The penalties are much more severe for a drug trafficking charge. In order for the prosecution to prove such a charge, they must show beyond a reasonable doubt that you willfully and knowingly were in possession of the drug and that there was intent on your behalf to distribute the drug to others. However, this doesn't mean that there has to be evidence that you were trying to sell the drug -- only that you had the intent to do so. In most cases, simply having a large quantity of the drug in your possession is enough to show intent.