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April 7, 2010

Mother Who Supplied Teen Son With Oxycodone Pleads Guilty To Contributing To His Fatal Overdose

Linda Courtright is facing 20 years to life in federal prison after pleading guilty to a drug distribution charge in Tampa today. The 36-year-old admitted to supplying her 15-year-old son with the oxycodone that eventually killed him in a drug overdose. Nicholas Block was found to have oxycodone, cocaine and alprazolam in his system when he died.

The story surrounding Block’s death is as sad as it is shocking. Block had already been in trouble with the law following a marijuana charge but the details of what took place in a Budget Inn Motel on the night of his death are just astounding.…

March 30, 2010

Prescription Fraud Sentences Handed Out By Federal Judge In Pinellas

A group of five people involved in a Pinellas prescription drug ring were sentenced to prison terms ranging from nearly four years to seven years. The prescription fraud involved the painkiller oxycodone. All five of the participants pled guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone.

The prescription fraud involved the manufacturing of fake prescriptions that had valid DEA numbers on them. The group would supply cell phone numbers to the doctors who allegedly wrote the prescriptions but the calls went to co-conspirators not doctors. The fake prescriptions for the painkillers were submitted at three Pinellas pharmacies.…

March 23, 2010

Buju Banton’s Lawyer Claims Inhumane Treatment As The Reggae Star Awaits His Drug Trial

It has been a few months since any news came out surrounding the federal drug case against Grammy-nominated Reggae star Buju Banton. There is nothing to new report on Banton’s cocaine distribution charges but his lawyer is claiming that Banton is being mistreated in the Pinellas County Jail.

According to the reggae musician’s Florida Criminal Defense Attorney, Banton is being treated inhumanely for nothing more than sharing his food with another prisoner. Pinellas sheriffs deny that assertion saying Banton is in “closed custody” because he violated prison rules and used food as currency. Banton’s defense lawyer is asking a judge to release his client on bail or move his cell to a wing that is not maximum-security.…

March 12, 2010

Orlando Man Leaves Jail In A Limo Following Serving A Sentence For Possessing Hydrocodone

In the last six years Anthony Lee Sears has been in and out of jail nine times according to the Orlando Sentinel but on Thursday he left the Orange County Jail in a 45-foot Ford Excursion limo. Sears was leaving jail after pleading no contest to charges of drug possession for the pain killer hydrocodone, driving with a suspended license and fleeing from police.

To celebrate his recent release, Sears’ girlfriend arranged for the limo ride with members of Sears’ family waiting inside to surprise him. The 26-year-old had been in jail since November 20. Sears said this is the first time he has been released from jail and found a limo waiting for him.…

March 9, 2010

Sarasota Drug Crime Lawyer Talks About The Legal Process On You Tube

Sarasota criminal defense attorney Darren Finebloom has been practicing law in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Manatee area his entire career. He has been rated a superb lawyer by Sarasota Criminal Defense Lawyer the independent service Avvo which has rated him a 10 out of 10. He is an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who can help you fight your drug charges.

Darren started his career defending the people of Sarasota and Bradenton in the public defender’s office and now he and his partner David Haenel have built a practice that now includes offices in Tampa, Clearwater and Orlando on top of the Sarasota location. Darren recently took the time to create a series of informational videos concerning all areas of drug crimes.…

January 6, 2010

Buju Banton Arrives In Pinellas County Jail As He Awaits Trial On Federal Drug Charges

U.S. Marshalls transported reggae star Buju Banton to a Pinellas County jail this morning where he will wait for a trial on federal drug charges. The singer is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. The charges stem from a drug bust in Sarasota where Banton and two other men were caught on video tape entering into a drug transaction with undercover officers according to reports and a story on TampaBay.com.

Banton’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Tampa. His lawyer was quoted as saying that Banton will plead not guilty. The reggae star is nominated for a Grammy this year and is 36 years old.…

December 16, 2009

Tampa Courtroom Will Be Site For Cocaine Distribution Trial Of Raggae Star Buju Banton

Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton will fight charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in a Tampa courtroom after waiving his bail hearing in a Miami federal court. The charges stem from a cocaine purchase in Sarasota last week. According to an Associated Press story, the singer and two others attempted to purchase a “large amount” of cocaine from an undercover officer. The maximum prison sentence in Florida for the drug crime could be life in prison.

According to a DEA affidavit, law enforcement officers were tipped off about the cocaine deal by a confidential informant. Banton’s attorney has proclaimed the Jamaican singer “completely innocent” of the drug charges.

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