On May 9, a Florida man pleaded guilty to multiple counts of tax evasion and wire fraud in a federal court in Pensacola. The defendant is the former mayor of Milton, but the charges stemmed from his job as the executive director of the Santa Rosa branch of the United Way. The branch was shut down as a result of his actions.
On April 25, authorities arrested four people on various drug charges following a drug raid at a Port Charlotte home. The defendants include three women, ages 40, 43 and 45, and one man, age 50.
Florida authorities recently announced a major drug bust that led to the indictment of nearly 50 people in Polk County. Several of the defendants have reportedly been living in the United States without authorization.
Police in Florida have reported that a large cache of weapons, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered during the search of a Gifford home on March 29. A 38-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with the seized items and is being held without bond at the Indian River County Jail. A Indian River County Sheriff's Office representative said that the investigation into the man's alleged activities began after members of the office's Special Investigations Unit made two undercover narcotics purchases from him.
On March 21, a 30-year-old Florida man was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell cocaine close to a school. The incident took place in Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County.
On Feb. 22, six individuals were arrested for allegedly dealing drugs out of a home in Wakulla County. The property was brought to the attention of authorities when several citizens complained that it was a "hot spot" for drug activity.
Marketers want people in Florida who visit Las Vegas to think that what happens there stays there. This was not the case for a retired technology business billionaire who now faces charges of drug trafficking alongside his girlfriend after a stay at the Wynn Encore Casino Hotel on the Strip. His lawyer, who has defended other celebrities facing drug charges, said he will file a motion to dismiss drug trafficking charges because of insufficient evidence.
On Feb. 4, 14 Florida residents pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine in Central Florida. The pleas were announced in a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando.
A Florida sheriff has released 11 people from jail after a deputy was fired for allegedly falsifying drug tests in order to make arrests. The deputy was let go on Jan. 14.
According to law enforcement authorities with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, a 49-year-old man was taken into custody after more than $1 million worth of marijuana was found inside his home. The raid and subsequent arrest occurred on Jan. 16.