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Florida Drug Defense Attorney > Blog > Drug Crime Defense > Is It Just a Bag of Weed or Evidence of a Drug Conspiracy?

Is It Just a Bag of Weed or Evidence of a Drug Conspiracy?


Journalists never get tired of knitting their brows about how housing Florida is unaffordable.  Their think pieces often go on to outline scenarios of how Florida’s unaffordable housing could cause the economy of the entire United States, or even the entire world, to collapse.  All of this macroeconomic hype is missing one of the worst consequences of economic hardship, namely, that it is impossible for you to rent your own place, especially if you want to have any money left to buy weed.  Given the choice between weed and a peaceful, drama-free existence, it is obvious which one any reasonable Floridian would choose.  Your choice could come back to bite you, though, if your housemates are selling drugs, and the next thing you know, the police are searching your stuff and finding your stash.  Does the Fourth Amendment even allow that?  If you are a pothead within the limits of the law, and now the police are paying you unwanted attention because of your housemates’ illegal drug activity, contact a Florida drug offenses attorney.

Other Drugs, Other Rooms

In February 2024, police executed a search warrant at a house in Lake Worth.  The man they were looking for, Isaac Torres, was standing in front of the house when they arrived, and they arrested him; the investigation that led to the issuance of the search warrant began when Torres sold drugs to an undercover police officer.  Search warrants must be specific about the place that police may search and the evidence they are looking for, but if they find other evidence besides what they were originally looking for, they may also seize it and use it to investigate or prosecute alleged crimes.

Torres lives in the three-bedroom house with three housemates.  In Torres’s room, police found a Pokemon card box, with several rocks of crack cocaine stashed under the Pokemon cards.  They did not find any drugs in the bedroom shared by two of the housemates.  In the third bedroom, however, they found a small bag of weed, which they confiscated.

What does this mean for the housemate who just wanted to smoke weed in peace?  Unless he was completely new to the world of shared housing, he must have known to ask very few questions about where his housemates got their money for rent and to stay in his room when his housemates had visitors at the house.  Simply renting a room in the same house as someone accused of drug crimes does not, by itself, constitute drug crime conspiracy.  It does, however, mean that you get more attention from the police than you wanted.  The best thing you can do is to exercise your right to remain silent, so as not to bring more trouble on yourself, and to consult a criminal defense lawyer.

Contact FL Drug Defense Group About Drug Cases

A Central Florida criminal defense lawyer can help you if you are in the spotlight because your housemates are being accused of drug crimes.  Contact FL Drug Defense Group in Orlando, Florida to discuss your case.



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