Zealous members of law enforcement dedicate many hours to keeping neighborhoods safe. This often includes attempting to reduce the consequences of drug crimes by targeting those whom police suspect of trafficking and dealing drugs in their communities. The drug trade frequently brings negative elements to neighborhoods, such as addiction, crime and violence. Unfortunately, those who get caught in the net police cast may face some difficult legal challenges that may impact them for the rest of their lives.
Recently, Florida law enforcement announced they had arrested 27 individuals whom they believe were involved in a large network of drug trafficking organizations in the state and potentially extending to other states. Beginning in June 2020, investigators in “Operation No Warning” spent more than 12,000 hours researching and identifying the 27 men and women they ultimately charged. Many of those arrested had histories that included previous encounters with the law, such as:
- Alleged gang affiliations
- Previous arrests for drug offenses
- Indictments for federal drug crimes
- Previous arrests for violent crimes including those involving firearms
- Previous felony convictions
Investigations into these arrests included the combined efforts of at least six agencies, such as the Attorney General’s office, Florida Highway Patrol and several county police agencies. Police claim to have confiscated significant quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl. They also reportedly recovered over $300,000 in cash, three allegedly stolen vehicles and nine firearms. Those facing charges stemming from this police operation may be looking at serious penalties if convicted, especially those who already have felony convictions or drug crimes on their records.