The DEA arrested four men in connection with a drug trafficking organization based in Northern Florida that moved cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine from Texas and Atlanta to Northern Florida began in April 2012. During a search of Cancun’s Restaurant in Chipley, law enforcement discovered six Tupperware containers, individually wrapped in cellophane, inside a black trash bag in the storage shed to the rear of the restaurant, containing 7.9 pounds of methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine – crystal meth or meth – is a manufactured substance produced from D-methamphetamine, a stimulant that acts on the body’s central nervous system. Although Methamphetamine is not a physically addictive substance, it is highly psychologically addictive, according to government research, and has the capability of causing significant bodily harm, especially over long periods of use.
Over-the-counter cold remedies are among the ingredients that can be used to produce meth, making the means of manufacture available on a widespread basis and increasing the likelihood of greater use and distribution. On a large scale, according to the DEA, Mexican trafficking groups are producing methamphetamine on an unprecedented scale, revealed in one single seizure of 3.5 metric tons of pseudoephedrine (the primary precursor chemical used in the production of methamphetamine) in Texas from Mexico.
As a form of clandestine chemistry, or work with chemicals in situation involving the production of illicit compounds, regardless of whether the facilities being used qualify as a true laboratory. Small labs used to cook meth may be as small as backpack with test tubes and chemicals used for manufacturing out of hotel rooms, cars and private residences simply because of the difficulty ascertaining the purity of other, illegally synthesized drugs obtainable on the market. Typically though, larger labs are usually run by gangs or other groupings of organized criminal activity intending to produce the meth for distribution on street corners and Jacksonville neighborhoods. Smaller labs can be run by individual chemists working clandestinely in order to synthesize smaller amounts of controlled substances.
There is no good outcome to a conviction of methamphetamine possession. The penalties for possession of even small amounts could be damaging to one’s reputation, lifestyle and livelihood, but when the quantity possessed is higher, the penalties can be devastating. The fines and mandatory minimum sentences for possession of methamphetamines are much higher than other crimes in Florida.
Possessing 14 grams or more of methamphetamines, amphetamines, or the chemicals used in manufacturing the drug is considered felony trafficking in Florida. Depending on the quantity in a case, penalties for a conviction range from a mandatory minimum 3-year incarceration and a $50,000 fine to 15 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Manufacturing or bringing into Florida more than 400 grams, knowing that bringing these drugs would likely causes someone’s death, makes the offense a capital felony, punishable by life imprisonment or death.
In most Jacksonville meth cases, the legal system will look down on the accused rather harshly because of the seriousness and danger associated with the act taking place and the consequences of the action should unfortunate day comes that the meth lab explodes, leaving not only a gaping in hole in one’s own future, but a gaping hole in the neighboring houses around the meth lab.
If one obtains an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney to fight for one’s case, one can ensure that one’s rights are protected, that one will have the best defense possible to fight one’s charge, and that one will be able to get the help one needs to be free of the drug and be able to get back to one’s life before the drugs ever entered the picture.
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 fought are fought for. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade 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: DEA arrests four in Chipley on drug charges, Washington County News Herald