Police in Florida have been luring big-money drug buyers to a small suburban town from across the United States and as far north as Canada, negotiating sales of cocaine in popular restaurants and then arresting the buyers and confiscating their cash and cars.
According to a six-month investigation by the Sun Sentinel, undercover detectives in Sunrise, Fla., seize millions of dollars from the drug stings, offering cash rewards for the confidential informants who help police attract faraway buyers, including paying one informant more than $800,000 over the past five years.
Jacksonville drug crimes cases, many times, involve people who were careful, but not careful enough. Most of the time, the police will stop a person who has drugs on them, is high, or has some other lawful reason to search that person, will find a drug, and arrest them for it. However, the police will typically not stop at just that person.
The Jacksonville police as well as the State Attorney’s office have a policy of being tough on crime, in particular on drug crimes. As such, the police are willing to negotiate with buyers for lower sentences in exchange for helping take down the distributor above him in the chain. This type of negotiated snitching allows the police to find each bigger distributor in the hopes of getting to the source of the drug. However, this still must be done legally.
It would seem highly unlikely that men taking such a high risk would be that careless and would most likely conceal the drug in a location, lockbox, or other container that the police would not be able to access without a warrant or car impoundment. An experienced attorney would look at this situation and see that there is a strong possibility that the drug seizure might have been illegal, though the article does not say in particular in what manner the drugs were found.
In a situation like this, if one obtained an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case, if there was enough information to show that the police seized the drugs illegally, one’s attorney could file a motion to suppress the drugs as illegally obtained evidence, and thus the drugs could not be used against the accused. If the court were to suppress the drug, one’s chance of being found not guilty tremendously increases. One will not be convicted of a drug crime if there is no drug.
An experienced attorney can also conduct depositions of all state witnesses and examine any evidence. Depositions many times may reveal problems in the State’s case that will allow one’s charge to be lessened or dismissed. For example, crime lab testing might have been faulty, the chain of custody might have been tampered with, the truthfulness and veracity of involved witnesses could be questioned, leading to a favorable outcome on a motion to suppress evidence. If the evidence is suppressed, the charge may not stand.
If one obtains an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorney, one’s attorney may be able to file a motion to suppress any illegally obtained evidence and argue any potential defenses to one’s possession of the illegal substance either on one’s person or in one’s home.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years 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: Police in Florida suburb make millions from drug sting operations, report finds FOXnews.com