Florida is a popular vacation spot, and it is also home to many retirees and others who have come in search of sunshine and recreation. Amidst the many adventurous activities the state has to offer tourists and residents, there seems to be an ongoing issue with federal drug trafficking and other drug crimes in the state. A recent incident involved a St. Petersburg man whose vehicle seems to have attracted the notice of nearby police officers.
It was almost 11:30 p.m. when the 23-year-old man was pulled over by officers. Authorities claim they smelled marijuana coming from the man’s car. They also say that when they approached the vehicle, they discovered more than 80 bags filled with candies that happened to be laced with THC.
Investigators claim that the bags were labeled with the brand name “Zelda” and also listed the amount of THC included with the candies. Apparently, the detectives also found two empty scales and baggies; items that they claim are frequently used to measure and distribute narcotics. The man was arrested and charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell.
It appears the man posted a $17,300 bond and was released from jail. Facing federal drug trafficking or other drug-related crimes in Florida may place one’s reputation at risk. There is also a serious possibility that a prison sentence will be ordered if a conviction is handed down in court. For this and many other reasons, such situations are typically best addressed through experienced criminal defense assistance.
Source: wfla.com, “Cops: St. Pete man had 84 bags of THC-laced gummy candy in car”, June 23, 2016