Jacksonville Man Arrested On Multiple Drug Charges in Undercover Operation

Jacksonville’s youth have a sense of insatiable want and desire that they carry with them through to adulthood. However, when not reigned in, that want and desire can drive these people to do acts that are illegal, particularly for extra cash flow. Unfortunately, when the police come knocking, one has very few options; the one option that one needs to take however, is obtaining an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure that one’s rights are protected and make sure that one will be able to move on from this small occurrence to a better life.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Roy William Sugden III of Mayport has been arrested on multiple drug charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana cultivation, selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a church, and other drug related charges. Sudgen’s arrest came after undercover officers bought marijuana from Sudgen over a couple of days, after which a search warrant was obtained for Sudgen’s house, Sudgen was arrested and his marijuana seized. images6.jpg

Jacksonville drug crimes are typically smaller crimes of casual use by one’s self or with friends. Particularly in the area of marijuana related crimes, most are police busts in which the accused had a small amount of the drug on them which was then seized and the accused arrested. However, when the amount of marijuana and the manner in which the person operates, stores, and consumes the drug, changes the possibilities of the penalty.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office as well as the State attorney’s office has a strict policy for cracking down on drugs. Unfortunately for the accused is that when policies like these are put into effect, leniency and cutting good people breaks goes right out the window. Many times in Jacksonville, the accused suffers at the hands of the system for a small mistake that the system not only frowns upon but also wishes to make examples out of those who make that mistake.

In this case, Sudgen had a major operation based out of his home in Mayport. The police were able to buy drugs from Sudgen with ease. It seems from the report that Sudgen did not even suspect, nor did her ever assume that the police were after him, suggesting that he was not doing the drug dealing in a secretive manner. It would seem that Sudgen is a youth who got mixed up in the wrong field but stayed in for the money he was making from the sales.

Many times in Jacksonville, judges, as well as State attorneys want to crack down on drug dealers in an effort to have a drug free society. This is an admirable goal; however, that goal does not take into account that the people the police arrest are still people with flaws and problems, just like anyone else. The people who become the accused make mistakes and are human, yet they are treated like they are out to destroy the world.

Someone in this situation may see no way out of the punishments, the fines, and the many other penalties associated with the crimes they have been charged with. However, if one in a situation such as this obtains an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case, one can be sure that one’s defenses are known and brought before the court, and can better ensure a possibility of a much better outcome for the future.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source:Marijuana growing operation busted in Mayport area, Dan Scanlan, The Florida Times-Union