Two alleged drug-trafficking organizations are feeling the heat of nine months of undercover work. According to News 4 Jax, Operation Eastbound and Down rounded up several arrests, 32.5 kilos of cocaine, 16.5 pounds of marijuana, and half a million dollars. Officials say the cocaine was worth $1.5 million. Men arrested work for organizations that bring in over 100 kilos of cocaine into the city every year. Read the rest »
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Jacksonville police have arrested 12 people they say have been involved in two cocaine drug rings. According to an Action News Jax report, “Operation Eastbound and Down” was a nine-month investigation into two organizations that allegedly brought up to 100 kilos of cocaine into Jacksonville annually. Among those arrested is an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, as well as her son and ex-husband. Read the rest »
One of two alleged drug ringleaders has been arrested along with seven others in a coordinated effort between the Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. According to a WFTV news report, the drug raid took place in Orange County. Officials arrested the 36-year-old alleged leader of the cocaine trafficking organization as well as seven others, but the 39-year-old co-leader has thus far evaded arrest. Read the rest »
More than 300 people were inside a Jacksonville nightclub when police conducted a drug raid and arrested 16 people. According to a news report in The Florida Times-Union, police raided Pure Nightclub at Philips Highway and Baymeadows Road during the early morning hours of April 30. During “Operation Poppin’ Molly,” officials seized Ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Officials also have warrants for another 20 suspects who were not arrested during the raid.
This drug bust was part of a lengthy undercover operation. During the investigation, undercover officers allegedly completed over 100 drug transactions. Four of the 36 suspects were employees, but it is not clear if the ownership was involved. Of the 16 people arrested in this raid, nearly all of them were in their early 20s. These young men and women face multiple felony drug charges that could cost them years of their life in prison. Read the rest »
A potential methamphetamine cook site was rounded up Saturday afternoon just outside of Palatka. Arresting officers responded to a complaint of loud voices and arguing in a wooded area near a neighborhood residence. On the scene, Officer A.J. Flateau of Palatka Police Department encountered a man in a makeshift -campground.
Along with a variety of pill holders, freshly cut wood and an active fire, police uncovered a laundry list of ingredients used in the creation of homemade methamphetamine. Evidence included drain cleaner, batteries, a pill grinder, Pseudoephedrine pills, a digital scale and several bottles of unidentified liquid. Additionally, a small amount of cocaine was found on the suspect. Officers arrested the man for drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The investigation is on-going with additional charges pending. Read the rest »
The Jacksonville drug charge defense attorneys at Farah & Farah have been keeping tabs on a case that started in Miami, and made its way through the Florida court system to the U.S. Supreme Court. In an announced five to four decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Miami-Dade detectives acted unconstitutionally when they used a drug-sniffing dog. The dog was used to obtain a search warrant to investigate a suspected marijuana growing operation at a Miami-area house.
In Dec 2006, Miami-Dade detectives acted on a tip that a marijuana growing operation was at the house, and set up a surveillance operation. A detective handling a drug-sniffing dog walked up to the front door. The dog sniffed the door and gave an alert that it smelled drugs. Based on the dog’s reaction, detectives got a search warrant and discovered 179 live marijuana plants in the house with a street value of $700,000. Read the rest »