On Feb. 27, Florida authorities arrested five men for allegedly distributing fentanyl and other illicit drugs in Martin County. The defendants were targeted by investigators after two people fatally overdosed in a Stuart residence on Jan. 1.
Three individuals were detained in Florida after police allegedly seized guns, ammunition and street drugs from a home where the individuals were residing. Police were alerted to the possibility of drug sales happening in the home after neighbors complained. An undercover police officer was then sent in to purchase drugs from the home's residents. Based on the evidence the police presented, a warrant was granted to search the home. Local Sarasota police and SWAT team members carried out the warrant in late February 2020.
A 51-year-old Florida man and six other suspects were taken into custody on Jan. 15 when detectives and agents assigned to the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team simultaneously executed seven search warrants in the Silver Springs Shore area. The locations were identified during a narcotics investigation that lasted for several months according to a press release. The search warrants were executed after deputies took the prime suspect into custody during a traffic stop.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has provided details about the criminal charges filed against two brothers in Port Richey. An investigation that involved undercover deputies culminated in the arrests of the two men, ages 29 and 33, in December. Undercover deputies reported that they had observed the 29-year-old brother selling drugs.
A joint effort among the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement from Liberty and Calhoun counties has resulted in the arrest of a 46-year-old man in Eastpoint. The local sheriff said that he had been selling large quantities of drugs in the area for some time. Authorities reported finding over 10 ounces of methamphetamine and heroin at his home at 763 Ridge Road. Due to the quantities of illegal drugs involved, the sheriff said that federal investigators could indict him.
A 37-year-old man was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia on the night of Oct. 30 after a detective from the Fort Pierce Police Department allegedly discovered a glass pipe and a small plastic bag in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop. The powder residue found inside the plastic bag was identified as cocaine during a field test according to the FPPD. The man is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 3.
On Oct. 17, Florida authorities arrested 24 people who were allegedly running a drug ring. The arrests were the culmination of a two-month investigation into suspected drug activities by the group.
Authorities in Florida are starting to realize that enforcement has only a small part to play in a multi-faceted approach to correcting the problem of illegal drug addiction. Other factors include treatment, education and prevention.
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