Federal authorities have charged Jason Boyd of Davie, Florida, with being the mastermind behind a “cash cow” pill mill conspiracy operated out of a ritzy Fort Lauderdale neighborhood that illegally prescribed oxycodone pain pills to “patients” and drug dealers. If convicted of drug and money-laundering charges, Boyd faces up to 30 years in prison and forfeiture of more than $4.25 million, two homes and other assets. Jason Boyd is a son of one of the Boyd Brothers, John Darrell Boyd and Tracey Boyd, who were among the most flamboyant marijuana traffickers in the region during the 70’s, being indicted in 1977 on charges of smuggling massive amounts of pot from Colombia through Florida, after which the brothers fled and hid for years, (Jason’s father faked his own death), before being caught and serving prison terms.
So-called Jacksonville drug-pushers, the dispensaries and pill-mills they operate, and other connections they have throughout the state have caught the attention of police and prosecutors in recent years as drug investigators have begun cracking down on drug crimes through a Statewide initiative.
This has led to many arrests of professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, and others involved in the medical industry. Unlike simple buyers and sellers, this new wave of drug crime defendants are being charged with massive fraud and racketeering scams.
Many of the arrests in this particular case where everyday citizens selling pills and marijuana. However, this new saturation of pill sales in drug market has led to many arrests of professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, and others involved in the medical industry. Unlike simple buyers and sellers, this new wave of drug crime defendants are being charged with massive frauds and racketeering scams, and some are even being charged with murder:
In 2009, a Florida doctor who worked at a pain clinic was charged with murder by Palm Beach County prosecutors after a patient died of an overdose, a few hours after the doctor prescribed him 210 pain pills. Charging a doctor and a clinic owner with homicide was a game changer, meaning that if one is charged with operating a pill-mill, one is not longer going to get what some would call a “slap on the wrist”; one may be looking at a long stint in prison.
Facing these additional charges elevates the case to an entirely new level. An experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney can help those facing significant sanctions and prison time. Many times, the accused is merely trying to make a little extra cash to pay the bills. However, the cost of going away to prison for one’s crime could be more than any bill could ever amount. Sometimes, the offender is in desperate need of being cleaned up. One’s hope for a treatment program is not out of reach. There are options other than a jail cell. An experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney can provide those options.
Many times, these peripheral “co-conspirators” were simply doing what their bosses told them to do without knowledge that this was part of a bigger money-making scheme. Their only concern was getting their fix. Prosecutors may overlook those facts, casting as wide a net as possible. In doing so, weak cases may be pushed as part of the public relations campaign put on for the media. Following coverage of raids and arrests, the media is nowhere to be found when defense attorneys are successful in having the charges reduced or dismissed because of a lack of evidence or other weakness in the state’s case.
One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights protected. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires 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: Son of drug smuggler who faked his own murder charged with running South Florida pill mill, Paula McMahon, Sun Sentinel