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Florida Marijuana News – Proliferation Of “Fake Weed” Allowing Users To Get High And Pass Drug Tests

The biggest drug problem in Florida is illegal prescription drugs like Oxycodone but the biggest problem with legal drugs is a synthetic “fake” marijuana being sold in Florida stores and being used by people trying to avoid Florida probation violations among others trying to avoid positive drug tests. The St. Petersburg Times published a comprehensive look into the “legal marijuana” being sold all over the Tampa Bay area. The article found that the use of products like K2, Red Dragon and Spice are becoming more and more commonplace among teens and adults alike. Many people have never heard of the synthetic marijuana being sold at smoke shops and gas stations, but the product, which is marketed as incense, is becoming a favorite of anyone who likes to get high but also is subject to drug tests.…

St Pete Drug Bust – Phillies Prospect Busted In Clearwater For Felony Cocaine Possession Charges

A top major league baseball prospect was involved in a Clearwater drug bust Friday and charged with felony possession of cocaine. Tyson Gillies is a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization and is considered one of the clubs top prospects. His arrest took place Friday morning in Clearwater. There was not much information on the St. Petersburg Times website surrounding Gillies cocaine bust. According to Greg Auman’s story, the arrest took place just after 1:00 a.m. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s conducted the arrest and Gillies left jail Friday morning just before 11:00 a.m.…

Florida Marijuana Laws – Florida Head Shop Owners File Lawsuit In Hillsborough To Ban The “Bong Bill”

In an effort to slow down the use of marijuana in Florida, lawmakers decided to pass a law that would make it more difficult for businesses to sell bongs and pipes that are commonly associated with smoking pot. With the new law is getting ready to go into effect on Thursday, owners of smoke shops or head shops as they are often called are fighting as 26 got together to file a lawsuit in Hillsborough County. The law forbids stores from selling pipes or bongs that derive 25% or more of their revenue from the sale of devices used to smoke or don’t derive 75% of their annual revenue from tobacco products.…

Drug Possession Arrest — Tampa Man Blames Poor Economy For Selling Marijuana

There aren’t many excuses the police haven’t heard when it comes to a drug possession arrest and selling marijuana due to a down economy is not a new one. Yet that did not stop a Tampa man from trying to use that excuse to get out of drug charges after he was pulled over by Tampa Police. TampaBay.com is reporting that Timothy J. Stewart was pulled over around 11:30 Sunday night on Fowler Avenue E. Police reportedly stopped the 27-year-old because he was missing a tag light on his 1989 Pontiac Bonneville. That led to a traffic stop where police reported smelling marijuana in the man’s car.…

Bradenton Drug Bust – Police Continue Their Efforts To Slow Illegal Prescription Drugs In Florida

Stopping illegal prescription drugs in Florida has become a top priority for law enforcement all across the state and you can now read about pain clinic busts on a weekly basis. The latest operation was conducted in Manatee County by the sheriff’s department and called “Operation Pharmville”. The nine-month operation resulted in two dozen arrests. The operation culminated on June 18 when deputies busted dozens of Manatee County residents on charges of trafficking, prescription fraud, drug possession and selling controlled substances. According to a sheriff’s spokesperson while crack cocaine is still a major drug problem, illegal prescription drugs are quickly moving into the number one spot as far as drugs are concerned in Manatee County.…

Florida Oxycodone News – Aggravated Assault Charge Dropped After Man On Oxycodone Recants

A Florida man who accused his son of aggravated assault with a crossbow recanted his statement and said he made it up while under the influence of the pain pill Oxycodone. Salman Mirisha, a 55-year-old resident of South Pasadena, said he took the incorrect amount of the prescription pain killer and then made up the story because he was upset at his 19-year-old son. Massimo Mirisha was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly pointing an unloaded crossbow at his father from about six feet away. The assault charges were dropped in March but the story surfaced today on the St.…

Tampa Oxycodone Crime – Hillsborough Passes Emergency Ordinance To Fight Prescription Drug Crime

The explosion of prescription drug crime in Tampa has led the Hillsborough County Commission to pass an emergency ordinance to try and stem the flood of illegal prescription drugs in Tampa. The commissioners passed an ordinance to regulate the county’s pain management clinics, which are believed to be a major source of the prescription drugs that make it onto the streets. The new regulations were passed unanimously and will require pain management clinics in the county to be inspected and will also demand they get a license. This ordinance is also banning any new pain management clinics from opening after June 15.…

Florida Oxycodone Crime – Hernando County Oxycodone Bust Results In 23 Arrests

There is no question that Oxycodone crimes in Florida are on the rise and if you need more proof of that just look at the major Oxycodone ring in Tampa Bay that was just taken down by Hernando County Sheriffs.  The operation called “Operation Oxy-Blues” busted up one of the most well-organized illegal prescription drug operations Sheriff Richard Nugent could remember. The drug bust broke up an operation in which fake prescriptions were used to obtain thousands of pain killers. The prescriptions were apparently reproduced using computers and laser printers. The sheriffs first became suspicious of the prescriptions that were allegedly written by a Tampa rehabilitation specialist and physician because the alleged drug dealers picked a doctor who rarely writes prescriptions for Oxycodone.…

Tampa Drug Crime News – More Than 135 Drug Arrest Warrants Issued And 5,000 Pills Recovered

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office wrapped up an undercover operation with 135 drug arrests or warrants and with 5,000 illegal pills recovered. The undercover operation lasted weeks and was called “Operation Side Effects”. The rampant increase of deaths related to illegal prescription drugs was the major force behind the operation as prescription drugs have now passed cocaine in Hillsborough County as the top drugs related to overdose deaths. According to TampaBay.com, sheriff’s deputies recovered Xanax, oxycodone and other prescription narcotics. The arrests and drugs were confiscated following numerous drug stings that were set up all across Hillsborough County.…

Florida Drug Crimes – Is Marijuana Distribution And Possession A Thing Of The Past Now That Tampa Has K2?

Are the days of police arresting people for distribution of marijuana over? Are we about to see a steady decrease in Tampa marijuana possession charges? No the laws surrounding marijuana possession have not changed but fake weed has arrived in Tampa and currently, it is perfectly legal. ABC Action News has published a story on its website about a product called K2 or spice which is being sold in Tampa as an incense. The price ranges from $20-30 per gram and according to an undercover report by ABC it took a password at one smoke store to buy the K2 in Tampa which contains a synthetic form of THC, which according to the story makes K2 have the same effect as pot.…
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