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Drug Arrest Cases

  • Published: July 19, 2019

Hiring a Qualified Indian River Drug Arrest Attorney We never know what we might do when faced with a particular situation. We like to think we would jump in to help save a life, or stand up for someone in trouble, or even do the right thing when faced with a moral question. Many of us run through scenarios in our minds like, what would I do if this or that happened, but we rarely get tested in the ways we think up. In April in Sebastian, FL, an Indian River County Sheriff's deputy pulled over the 28 year old man for "following too closely" behind another vehicle in inclement weather. It should be noted here that that was the only thing this young man was doing wrong as far as the deputy knew. The point here is that he…Read More

Indian River Fentanyl Arrest Lawyer
  • Published: June 28, 2019

Indian River Fentanyl Arrest Lawyer Jeffrey H. Garland An investigation that lasted for three months resulted in 12 narcotics arrests by the Indian River County Sheriff's Office. The investigation was code named "Operation Dark Source," and it took down a drug dealer who used the "dark web" to purchase fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine. More than 100 grams of narcotics were seized pursuant to search warrants for three residences. "Knock and announce" raids occurred at the residences. Along with firearms, drug manufacturing and distribution equipment were also taken. The firearms seized in the operation included a .32 caliber pistol, a .380 caliber pistol and .22 caliber rifle. Both males and females were arrested. Their ages were between 26 and 56. All of the arrestees were from either Vero Beach or Sebastian. Fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine are all extremely powerful and dangerous…Read More

Indian River Drug Trafficking Attorney
  • Published: May 24, 2019

Help from a Indian River Drug Trafficking Attorney Following a months-long investigation, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office raided the home of an Indian River County man believed to be a major supplier of narcotics. By the end of the day, the man was charged with more than two dozen felonies and remains in jail on a $753,500 bond. With help from the Drug Enforcement AdministrationDrug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), police seized substantial amounts of marijuana, cocaine and hydromorphone as well as a handful of firearms, at least one of which was stolen. Scales, baggies and substances used to cut cocaine were also seized from the suspect's home. According to court records, authorities began investigating the man in January, and confidential informants conducted several controlled buys. The man would typically meet…Read More

Burning Marijuana Plants Draws Attention to Indian River County Home
  • Published: March 29, 2019

Indian River Marijuana Arrest Lawyer Deputies from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department paid a visit to the home of a 64-year-old man in Fellsmere earlier in the week to find him in his yard “open burning” a pile of marijuana leaves. Although on fire, the marijuana was identified by its odor. Remains of what are believed to be small marijuana plants and leaves were identified. No quantity of purported marijuana was given, and the matter remains under investigation. Although an arrest was made, there is no indication of what the man was specifically charged with. Cultivating or Growing Marijuana As per section 893.13(1)(a) of the Florida Statutes, it is against the law for a person to manufacture or possess with intent to manufacture any controlled substance. Indian River criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey H. Garland advises that manufacturing marijuana contemplates…Read More

Rapper YNW Melly arrested in Florida on marijuana charges
  • Published: January 9, 2019

One of South Florida’s up and coming rapper’s, YNW Melly, was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor drug charges. Jail records indicate that Melly, whose legal name is James Maurice Demons, was charged with one count of possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams and possession and/or use of drug equipment. He was booked into Lee County Jail where his Instagram account reportedly states that he’s confident he’ll be free soon. Still, it would be wise of the rapper to seek the representation of an Indian River marijuana arrest lawyer. Of course, just because Melly has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor drug charges doesn’t mean that he’s guilty. Under Florida law, a person is not necessarily found guilty just because he or she happens to be found in the place where drugs are also found. In other words, you…Read More

Suspected Drug Traffickers from Miami-Dade Arrested
  • Published: October 25, 2018

An Indian River Sheriff’s Office sting operation resulted in the arrest of a Vero Beach couple on drug trafficking charges. The duo was arrested after a confidential informant ordered 60 Oxycodone pills and 2 ounces of cocaine. The man and woman were stopped in their vehicle by a K-9 Unit en route to Vero Beach Inn & Suites, 8797 State Road 60. The arresting officer says the vehicle was pulled over after going through a traffic light. A search of the vehicle produced the drugs hidden inside of a KFC box. Both were taken to jail on drug trafficking charges. Officers office searched the woman’s purse and found a 0.4 grams of marijuana. After posting $100,000 and $101,000 bonds, the man and woman were released from Indian County Jail. If live in the Port Lucie, FL. area, and are in need…Read More

Indian River Man Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Published: September 17, 2018

When on routine patrol at about 2:00 a.m., an Indian River County sheriff’s deputy discovered a pickup truck parked in a dark parking lot outside of a business named Estate Treasures in Vero Beach. The business had been closed for the day for several hours. The deputy spoke with the driver who said he was at that location to meet a man named “Bert” to find locations to pick palmetto berries. The man had no last name, address or phone number for “Bert.” He reportedly said that “Bert” lived in a nearby woods. A woman who was with the driver of the pickup truck confirmed that they were to meet “Bert,” but she gave a different location than Estate Treasures. When looking inside of the bed of the truck, the officer saw a “push rod and tube of a syringe”…Read More

Indian River County Recent Criminal Arrest
  • Published: August 9, 2018

On July 30, members of Indian River County law enforcement made 18 felony arrests of individuals who ranged in ages from 19 to 59. The scope of the crimes saw 11 of the 18 arrested for drug-related offenses and four others brought in on charges connected to battery of an individual. With the drug offenses, all 11 of those arrested were brought in for possession-related matters. Four were connected to cocaine, while four others related to aspects of THC. In the latter instances, one arrest was for simple THC possession, while two others were for possession of THC oil and wax, respectively. In the case of a 27-year-old woman from Palm Bay, she was also charged with resisting arrest with violence. Two other drug arrests involved a 34-year-old man and 39-year-old woman who each were possessing methamphetamine. Finally, one arrest came when a…Read More

Suspected Cocaine Dealers Arrested by Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
  • Published: July 24, 2018

Two men in the Indian River County area of Florida, who were suspected of being cocaine dealers, were arrested over the weekend. According to the arrest records, the two were nabbed by police during separate events during the weekend of Friday, July 13, 2018. The first man was arrested during a traffic stop that Friday. Detectives had obtained a search warrant to search the man’s home, which is located at the 1800 block of 41st Avenue in Indian River County. When police searched the man, who is 51 years old, they also found that he was in possession of 260 grams of cocaine that he was keeping in a plastic cup. The suspect explained to the police that he was actually in the process of pouring the substance into the cup at the time when they pulled him over. As…Read More

Twins Charged After Drugs Found During Raid of Vero Beach Apartments
  • Published: July 16, 2018

Twin brothers from Vero Beach are facing an assortment of drug charges pursuant to police raids on their apartments late last week. Arrest records indicate that police discovered cocaine and at least a dozen marijuana plants. The brothers lived next door to each other on the 2200 block of 11th Avenue.  Following this arrest, they will require the services of a Indian River drug trafficking lawyer. Inside one apartment, police allegedly found 60 grams of cocaine, more than 12 marijuana plants and 41 grams of marijuana. The occupant of that unit allegedly told police that the cocaine was a diet supplement that was given to him by a cocaine dealer. In a search of the other brother’s apartment, police discovered 11 marijuana plants that were about a foot tall and 105 grams of marijuana. One of the brothers was charged with cocaine trafficking.…Read More

Man Faces Multiple Felony Drug Charges After Vero Beach Arrest
  • Published: May 30, 2018

A 32-year-old man has been charged with at least five felony drug charges after an encounter with Vero Beach Police earlier this week. A police department spokesman reports that a K9 officer and a bicycle officer were on patrol near 1900 9th Avenue around 9:00 p.m. when they came upon the man. A search of the man revealed that he was in possession large quantities of oxycodone and morphine along with cocaine, MDMA and marijuana. He has been charged with felony trafficking of a controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, felony possession of MDMA (ecstasy), felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and misdemeanor possession of marijuana weighing less than 20 grams. The man had been released on bond on an earlier battery charge. That bond was revoked, and he’s presently being held…Read More

Indian River Country Sheriff’s Office Nets 21 Arrests
  • Published: May 22, 2018

After two weeks of undercover work, the Indian County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit took 21 people into custody recently in a warrant sweep. Of those, 18 were nabbed for selling drugs. A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office reported that it had been involved in a number of undercover drug purchases, “and it was just time to do a sweep.” The agency’s vice unit participated in the sweep. “They just wanted to grab everybody at the same time.” The drugs reportedly seized included methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, prescription medications and marijuana. Don’t Be Put Behind Bars A representative of the Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit that handles drug and prostitution cases along with anything else that requires undercover work remarked that it spends more time on drug cases than anything else. He said that the unit is working “every day to try and…Read More

Accused Cocaine Dealer at Port St. Lucie Bar Busted with AR-15
  • Published: May 2, 2018

A 31-year-old Port St. Lucie man was arrested on charges of selling cocaine out of 3 Olives Liquor and Lounge. John Brown, an “established cocaine dealer” as described by police, was arrested on several cocaine charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia and intent to deliver. He was also charged as a felon in possession of weapons and driving on a suspended license. These are serious charges and the man will require a qualified Saint Lucie County Criminal Lawyer. Police say they are glad to see a drug dealer like Brown off the street. Especially since he was selling drugs right out of a local bar. That is a huge deal. According to police, cocaine purchases had been made from Brown over a two month period. The suspect was apprehended by police around 2 a.m. as he attempted to leave the bar location at…Read More

Fort Pierce Man Arrested on Weapon, Drug Charges
  • Published: February 14, 2018

Fort Pierce police arrested a man who fled from police in a vehicle and on foot. The man allegedly ran because he was trying to avoid weapons charges and drug charges. It all began when the police noticed the man driving without wearing his seat belt. Law enforcement officials say that they tried to stop the driver to talk to him about his seatbelt. Instead of stopping, the man sped away. Eventually, he left his vehicle and ran on foot. By the time law enforcement caught up with the man, he was in a locked room. A search of the room revealed that the man had a stolen weapon. In addition to weapons and drug charges, the man also faces charges of driving without a license. He may work with a Port Saint Lucie criminal lawyer to defend against the allegations. Florida law…Read More

Detectives Arrest 43 in Steak ‘n Shake Drug Bust
  • Published: February 1, 2018

Over three dozen people in the St. Lucie County, Florida area were recently arrested for dealing drugs in a ring known as “Operation Big Mi-Steak.” The St. Lucie sheriff stated that the bust came after long and arduous work that began several years ago after abuse of OxyContin became a huge problem in the city. He said he knew there would be collateral damage, which came in the form of heroin and opioid addiction. In 2016, the sheriff had one or two detectives assigned to respond to each overdose case. However, their mission was not to arrest the users but to acquire any information they could on the dealers. It eventually paid off. Along with help from the FBI, DEA and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, police arrested 43 people who were dealing drugs in St. Lucie County. Drugs they…Read More

Florida Mom Found with Block of Cocaine
  • Published: January 24, 2018

A woman is under arrest in Port St. Lucie after law enforcement said that they found her with drugs in her vehicle. They say the woman also had children in the car. The Florida Highway Patrol conducted the investigation and made the arrest. They say they found an entire block of cocaine in the woman’s possession in the vehicle. They said that the woman had more than twelve baggies of marijuana in her possession. The children in the vehicle were allegedly her own children. The children were four years old and eleven months old at the time. The investigation began when law enforcement saw the woman driving with a tinted window. They say that they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Law enforcement officials asked if they could search the vehicle. The woman’s husband gave them permission to perform the…Read More

  • Published: January 16, 2018

A 29-year-old Fort Pierce man was arrested recently and taken into custody after failing to come to a complete stop at the corner of North 33rd Street and Angle Road. Upon searching the man, police allegedly came across a small quantity of marijuana and $5,870 in cash. A search of the man’s vehicle reportedly produced a handgun under the driver’s seat. He was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of a firearm without a permit. The man was released from the St. Lucie County Jail after posting $4,500 in bail. It appears as if the defendant has a history of at least one prior drug-related arrest dating back to 2007. The Gun Charge is a Felony Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana in Florida is a first degree misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to…Read More

Pot and Paraphernalia Charges Tossed
  • Published: December 26, 2017

Adolphus Stevens (not his real name) was arrested by Port St. Lucie police on 4/17/17 for possession under 20 grams of cannabis and for possession of drug paraphernalia. Stevens made the mistake, you see, of walking across a vacant lot in broad daylight in a residential area. Several minutes later, a PSLPD officer detained and searched Stevens.  Following the arrest Stevens retained Port Saint Lucie drug possession lawyer Jeffrey Garland. Port Saint Lucie criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Garland spotted the lack of reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. Garland filed a motion alleging that the detention and search were conducted in violation of the Defendant’s right to remain free from unreasonable search and seizures. The motion to suppress anticipated that police would argue that Stevens was detained under the loitering and prowling statute; and that the pat down of Stevens was just…Read More

  • Published: December 13, 2017

A teen in Fort Pierce may be in need of a Port Saint Lucie Drug arrest lawyer after being arrested Sunday. The man, who led police on a vehicular chase was arrested on five charges. Among the charges, two drug charges were included. Police reports state that the officer observed the man overshoot the stop bar at an intersection. The officer also states that he could smell marijuana coming from the car. The officer attempted to initiate a stop and a traffic chase ensued. Once removing the driver from the car and using a pain compliance technique to subdue him, the officer recovered a bag of cocaine on the man. There was also 2.7 grams of MDMA in a bag in the street away from the car that officers allege was thrown from the car by the driver. The possession of cocaine…Read More

  • Published: August 25, 2017

Two men and one woman are facing a multitude of criminal charges after law enforcement executed a search warrant on a Saint Lucie home. The raid included officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other departments. At approximately 5:45 a.m., law enforcement officials approached the home to enter and look for drugs. Law enforcement found what they were looking for. Execution of the search warrant leaves the three arrested in need of a Saint Lucie drug trafficking defense attorney for charges ranging from possession with intent to traffic drugs, possession of drugs and possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription. One of the people arrested also faces charges for possessing a firearm despite having a felony conviction. Law enforcement officers report finding oxycodone, ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana and prescription medications. An experienced Saint Lucie criminal attorney knows that allegations of…Read More

  • Published: August 11, 2017

On Friday, August 4, 2017, a woman from the Port St. Lucie area of Florida was arrested at a hotel room in Boynton Beach. The hotel room was a mess and contained a variety of drugs and drug paraphernalia. In addition, a little girl of only five years of age was found in the room with a cigarette burn mark on her right arm, according to the arrest report made by the police. The little girl gave Boynton Beach police the name of the woman and said that she was burned. The woman is from Port St. Lucie and allegedly burned the girl’s arm after the child got into her way. It is unknown what the relationship between the woman and the child is and the arrest report does not mention details of the relationship or if there even is one.…Read More

  • Published: May 18, 2017

It never pays to run from police. It always ends in a disastrous situation such as a death, injury or compounded criminal charges. A recent chase ended with a man receiving multiple charges. He had run from the police in his car and then switched to running on foot after his speeding led to a collision with a guard rail. He even took a detour at a resident’s home and committed a forceful entry crime, reports say. The man is currently in jail and needs about $136,000 to even dream about getting released from jail. He will need the help of an awesome Fort Pierce criminal defense attorney because of all the charges he is facing. The assailant most likely ran because police came to talk to him about a stolen car that he had been driving that day. It…Read More

  • Published: May 3, 2017

Emergency personnel received a triple surprise when they arrived at the scene of a vehicular accident in Port St. Lucie, Fla., finding inside the damaged car an unconscious couple, an infant and some drug paraphernalia. Facing multiple criminal charges, the couple will certainly require legal representation, the type available from a qualified Port St. Lucie criminal defense attorney. The vehicle reportedly ran through a stop sign at a major intersection before smashing into a pole. The woman behind its steering wheel was found to have a syringe in her arm and the man, who was slumped over in the back seat, was in close proximity to another syringe. The infant was found in a car seat, apparently not having been harmed in the crash. He would later be claimed by another relative. The couple was taken to St. Lucie Medical Center, where…Read More

  • Published: April 14, 2017

The Fort Pierce, Florida area was recently the home of a huge drug operation where enough heroin to cause 6,000 overdoses was confiscated from the streets of St. Lucie County by police in one of the largest drug busts in memory. In fact, the police deputies compared the operation to a fast food drive through with drugs being sold instead of burgers and fries. They reported that users would literally drive by the home to have heroin literally delivered directly to the window of their vehicles. The sheriff stated that if anyone is a drug dealer, they are in the crosshairs of police and that they would be coming for them. When detectives raided the home in Fort Pierce, they found over 600 grams of a deadly combination of heroin and Fentanyl inside. In addition to locating the drugs, the detectives also…Read More

  • Published: February 22, 2017

Vince Jones of Port St. Lucie called the police and reported that some people broke into his home, tied him up and stole several of his possessions. When the officers arrived, they found his door kicked in. Unfortunately for Vince, though, the possessions he identified as stolen were marijuana plants. The police found several more marijuana plants still growing in the home. After further investigation, the police discovered that Jones was operating another grow house in the same neighborhood. A police sergeant said this second house was across the canal from Jones’s residence. Police recovered more than 50 pounds of marijuana from the residence and also found evidence of utilities theft. The house across the canal yielded more than 60 pounds of illegal plant life. Now Vince is facing multiple charges, including producing and trafficking marijuana, and is in the Port St.…Read More

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