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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

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Collier County Traffic Stop Yields Enough Fentanyl To Kill A Quarter Of The Population Of Marco Island

By FL Drug Defense Group |

By now, the word is out that fentanyl is the most dangerous opioid that could be lurking in any bag of drug that one might buy on the street or online.  It is nearly 100 times more powerful than morphine and at least 30 times as strong as heroin, so that even a few… Read More »

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Two Manatee County Men Receive Prison Sentences For Distribution Of Fentanyl

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Except in the case of semi-decriminalized controlled substances such as cannabis or psilocybin mushrooms, the type of drug you are arrested for possessing affects your case less than the quantity of the substance and your previous record of criminal convictions, if any.  In your drug education classes in elementary school, your teachers might have… Read More »

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Florida Reinstates Pre-Pandemic Medical Cannabis Restrictions

By FL Drug Defense Group |

When millions of Floridians were stuck at home for the better part of a year, watching the world fall apart, they have plenty of time to speculate about how the world could, or should, be different once it became safe to venture out again.  Even introverts came to appreciate the human connection you get… Read More »

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Only In Florida Can Good Samaritan Laws Coexist With Murder Charges For An Accidental Drug Overdose

By FL Drug Defense Group |

What do you do if a drug buddy of yours shows signs of an overdose, such as unconsciousness, while at your house?  Do you call 911 and tell the first responders the truth, or do you scramble to hide evidence, whether it means flushing your drugs, chucking your computer out the window, or even… Read More »

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Florida Cops Pull Over Pickup Truck Full Of Lobsters And Weed

By FL Drug Defense Group |

The rules about recreational lobster fishing in Florida include a “daily bag limit,” which means that each person is allowed to catch up to six lobsters, as long as each lobster’s body shell is at least three inches long.  While recreational cannabis use is still illegal on the state level, some cities and counties… Read More »

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Police Arrest Man After Finding Three Pounds Of Cannabis Products In Yulee House

By FL Drug Defense Group |

How much trouble you will get in for possessing a small bag of weed depends on what part of Florida you are in.  In several counties and cities, most of them centered on the metropolitan areas of Orlando and Miami, possession of a small quantity of cannabis is a civil infraction, and you will… Read More »

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Citrus County Teacher Faces Drug Trafficking Charges After A Search Of His Residence Yields Drugs And Paraphernalia

By FL Drug Defense Group |

The police do not have the right to search your residence without first obtaining a warrant.  In order to get a warrant, they must state compelling reasons for believing that a search will yield evidence of a crime.  You probably learned about this right either during a lesson or an impromptu lecture in middle… Read More »

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Much Ado About 13 Grams Of Weed

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Florida’s cannabis laws vary from one jurisdiction to another; while marijuana possession remains illegal at the state level, except for licensed medical cannabis patients, possession of small quantities of cannabis has been decriminalized in some counties and cities.  In some parts of Florida, the penalties for possessing 13 grams of weed amount simply to… Read More »

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Two Florida Police Officers Sentenced To Prison After Pleading Guilty To Transporting Cocaine Across Miami-Dade County

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Floridians can agree that the characters played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the Bad Boys movie franchise are the coolest buddy cops ever to grace the silver screen; this is obvious even to people who are too young to feel nostalgia for the 1980s.  The Bad Boys cops were probably not the… Read More »

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Titusville Woman Arrested For Drug Possession After Telling Police She Left Baby At Publix

By FL Drug Defense Group |

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects you against being coerced into making statements that incriminate you.  That is why you have the right to remain silent if you are arrested.  Even if you are not under arrest, the police do not have the right to force you to say anything.  Therefore,… Read More »

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