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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

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Kissimmee Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Although public opinion has largely shifted toward the belief that sentencing someone to life in prison for drug crimes is cruel and unusual punishment, long prison sentences, including life sentences, remain a possibility for people who are convicted of trafficking or distribution of large quantities of illegal drugs, especially if the defendant has prior… Read More »

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Two Central Florida Men Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison After Attempting To Buy Cocaine From Federal Agents

By FL Drug Defense Group |

There is a trope in movies about drug dealing that no one trusts anyone.  In fact, the feeling of paranoia when one is involved in illegal activities and could get caught at any time is a factor that some people will tell you motivated them to seek addiction treatment.  People who have completed pretrial… Read More »

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State Attorney’s Office Offers Plea Deal To Sheriff’s Deputy Who Allegedly Arrested Dozens Of People On False Charges Of Drug Possession

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Anyone who has served a prison sentence for drug possession can tell you that it is an excessive punishment.  Fortunately, Florida has expanded its access to pretrial diversion programs for drug cases in recent years.  Maintaining sobriety and finding stable employment are hard enough when you are not one missed probation appointment away from… Read More »

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Man And Woman Arrested For Drug Possession At Traffic Stop Outside Universal Studios Theme Park

By FL Drug Defense Group |

They say that Walt Disney World is the happiest place on earth, and plenty of aspiring writers have described their experiences there while under the influence of cannabis, hallucinogenic mushrooms, or some other substance with the same verve with which Hunter S. Thompson described his experiences in Las Vegas in a previous decade.  The… Read More »

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Whatever Eutylone Is, Florida Discovered It Before The Rest Of The Country

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Florida Man’s got a brand new bag, and its name is eutylone.  Eutylone is only the latest in a constantly evolving series of synthetic cathinones.  It was virtually unknown until 2019, when ephylone, another synthetic cathinone that produces similar effects, became subject to official bans.  More than 4,500 people nationwide were arrested for possession… Read More »

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Can The Court Order You To Go To Drug Rehab Even If You Don’t Get Criminally Charged?

By FL Drug Defense Group |

If you are a millennial, you probably remember Bam Margera from his role on the MTV stunt show Jackass in the early 2000s, but if you are younger than that, you most likely know him only from the tabloid news stories about his struggles with alcohol addiction.  Most recently, The Daily Mail reported that… Read More »

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Florida Man Disguises Truck As Sheriff’s Vehicle But Fails To Disguise Drug Paraphernalia

By FL Drug Defense Group |

In Florida, the weather is so warm and the days are so long year-round that it is the perfect environment to start putting up Christmas lights even before Thanksgiving.  Last week, while most Floridians were plotting their Black Friday itineraries and bedazzling their houses with red and green lights, a Volusia County man bedazzled… Read More »

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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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