Articles Posted in Drug Crimes

As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense lawyers know, you should feel safe, (even encouraged) calling the police if you believe something has been stolen from you — that is, of course, unless the items you’re complaining about having been robbed of are illegal drugs.
As a man here in Florida learned the hard way earlier this month, going to the local police department to report stolen marijuana plants (still illegal in the Sunshine State) will only lead to trouble.

Given the facts of this particular case, it seems that the Jacksonville man should have known that his report to the police would not go routinely: he went in to the police station complaining that police officers had stolen his marijuana.
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Back in May, our Palm Beach and Broward County drug crime defense lawyers at Leifert & Leifert wrote a blog about a series of bizarre crimes, seemingly influenced by the new drug called flakka, that were committed here in Florida.
Now, as the Sun-Sentinel has reported, it seems flakka is officially taking hold in South Florida and in Broward County in particular; according to crime statistics, Broward now leads the entire country in number of flakka cases.

Stats supplied by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) show that Broward was, by far, the county with the highest number of flakka confiscation cases in 2014 throughout the United States. The county with the second-highest number, Chicago’s Cook County, had less than half the number of cases that Broward supplied.
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Candy can definitely give you a sugar rush, but as our Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense attorneys can imagine, it’s nothing like the manic rush initiated by consuming methamphetamine, an extremely addictive and highly illegal stimulant drug.
Despite the radical difference between candy and meth, the latter is sometimes disguised as the former as a way to bypass law enforcement officers. However, such a stunt failed recently in Broward County, when agents from multiple law enforcement groups, during a sting in Lauderhill, discovered 10 pounds of methamphetamine packaged to look like candy.

The sting kicked-off a drug case which highlights the fact that concealing illegal drugs is hard to do, especially when law enforcement officers are wise to the tricks employed by traffickers. The case, which we will discuss in this blog, also underscores the severe punishments awaiting anyone convicted of providing mere assistance to the drug transaction.
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Yesterday, President Obama commuted the harsh prison sentences of 46 drug offenders. In a video explaining his decision, he argued that the men and women weren’t hardened criminals and that their punishments didn’t fit the crimes they committed.
This isn’t the first time that the Obama has commuted sentences; in total, he has commuted more sentences than any president since Lyndon B. Johnson, who left office in 1969.

As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense lawyers know, the right to commute unfair sentences (and/or pardon convicted criminals) is a privilege the president has and one that they often employ.
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Phillip Leroy, who won his NYPD precinct’s award of “Cop of the Year” twice, was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a Sunrise, FL, cocaine deal that turned out to be a sting operation.
Our Palm Beach and Broward County drug crime defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know that although police officers are usually the ones arresting drug dealers, sometimes they actually do the drug dealing themselves.

Originally from Queens, NY, Leroy received his sentence in Fort Lauderdale, FL. As the former New York City police officer learned this week, nobody is above the law. Still, his sentence was relatively lenient and he may be released early for his cooperation with law enforcement.
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A string of recent, shocking crimes that have taken place in Florida now have national media figures, local law enforcement agencies and criminal attorneys alike wondering whether the new synthetic drug called flakka is behind the bizarre wave of criminal incidents.
As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know, flakka (depicted in the photograph distributed by the Broward Sheriff’s Office to the right), which has been a nightmare for police officers after it hit the market in 2013, is readily available for $5 or less per vial.

With the evident psychological effects that flakka has on those who use the drug, it has become a clear danger to our society; at the same time, it has also shown yet another problem with the misguided war on drugs. Those who want to get high will continue to get high, and when they are sent running for the hills by archaic drug laws, they will come up with “creative” ways to make and use drugs; unfortunately, it is in this atmosphere that flakka thrives.
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Big-time marijuana dealers, international cocaine importers and sophisticated networks of interstate heroin pushers — these are the types of people and organizations who tend to be caught in the tentacles of the Department of Justice (DOJ) when it comes to criminal drug charges.
Now, as our Plantation and West Palm Beach drug crime defense lawyers know, you can add FedEx — the international delivery and courier service — to that list. That’s right: FedEx is currently defending itself against 15 criminal counts enumerated in a 2014 indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

While the DOJ is arguing that FedEx violated federal drug crimes for transporting such illegal substances, the international courier service is arguing that it’s protected against such charges as a company that “carries goods for the public.”
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You’ll find many instances in which you’ll be asked to list your occupation — when you fill out an application for a job or for school, when you sign up for insurance, when you create an online profile, etc.
As our Palm Beach and Broward County drug crime defense lawyers know, one less common situation in which you’ll have to list your occupation is when you’re under arrest.

A Palm Beach man made headlines this month when he listed “drug dealer” as his occupation on an arrest report compiled after authorities arrested him on suspicion of — you guessed it — dealing drugs.
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Our criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert are fascinated, though not surprised, by recent research showing that teenage marijuana use in America is dropping, despite more and more states embracing legal access to marijuana.
To be sure, this is part of a much larger, and encouraging, trend. As reported by the Washington Post, teenagers are smoking cigarettes far less than they used to, they’re drinking way less alcohol, and, as noted above, they’re smoking less pot. What’s notable here is that of the three substances mentioned above, the only one that’s recently become legal in a number of states is marijuana.

Critics of marijuana legalization have argued, since the days of Richard Nixon and still today, that legalizing pot will make it more accessible, and more susceptible to abuse, especially by the younger members of society. Moreover, they have said, doing so will “send the wrong message.” This 2014 study, carried out by the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, clearly proves that those critics are wrong.
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Chances are, unless you’ve been hibernating for the last six months, you’ve heard of the major issues surrounding today’s elections. Not only is today a big day because of the U.S. Senate and House seats up for grabs; it is also of particular importance to us here in Florida.
Along with going to the polls to decide between Fmr. Gov. Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott (and a few others), Floridians will finally have the opportunity to vote on Amendment No. 2, which, if passed, would make marijuana legal for medicinal purposes in the State of Florida.

As our Palm Beach and Broward County attorneys know, marijuana has many benefits for people with all sorts of diseases and illnesses, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
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