One 34-year-old male drug dealer who was well-known to Fort Myers law enforcement agencies was arrested in an undercover drug bust on September 26th. The arrest took place outside of a youth program complex, which was the location chosen by the dealer to make the sale, unknowingly, to an undercover narcotics agent. The bust was set up utilizing information gathered from a confidential informant to the Lee County Sheriff's Office narcotics unit.
Like many other states, Florida has special laws for those accused of selling controlled substances around certain places. For instance, a person accused of certain drug crimes near a school, a public park, public housing, child care facilities, or certain other community facilities where children and families are likely to congregate will face enhanced penalties if convicted.
Local police, in coordination with the U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement agencies, recently announced that they arrested 120 people in the greater Fort Myers area and other communities in Lee County over the course of two months. Charges are still pending against most of those who have been arrested.
Not every drug crime directly involves the possession, sale, or delivery of controlled substances or other drugs. For example, as part of law enforcement's response to the ongoing prescription drug crisis, investigators and prosecutors are paying special attention to what they see as abuses of our pharmacy system.
A Fort Meyers police officer arrested two young men after searching their vehicles and allegedly locating illegal drugs and firearms. One of the men faces a drug crime charge, specifically, possession of marijuana, as well as a charge related to his possessing a firearm with a felony conviction.
Of all the states in the country in which law enforcement officials seemingly have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to the enforcement of illegal drug laws, some may say Florida takes the cake. As one of the most populous states as well as one through which many illegal drugs enter the country, state and federal law enforcement officials certainly maintain an active presence in Florida. This can have an impact on many different types of cases, from those involving allegations of wide-ranging drug smuggling operations, to those involving something as simple as the possession of marijuana.
Most of our readers in Florida know that if people are caught with illegal drugs in their possession they will likely face criminal charges. However, there are other ways that illegal drugs can lead to criminal problems for Florida residents. Manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs, for example, can also lead to criminal charges.
For decades, public policy officials have been focused on the "epidemic" of illegal drug use in America. In fact, in recent years, the focus has been on opiates, which are particularly addictive substances. As a result of this focus, law enforcement officials are also focused on illegal drugs, from possession to distribution; they will attempt to track down and prosecute these crimes vigorously.
A drug possession conviction can cost a person many things here in Florida. This includes, for a time, their driver’s license.