Florida authorities and those in the federal government are aggressively pursuing drug traffickers these days. According to news reports, there have been at least four significant drug trafficking arrests in the state since July.
Heading to California through Fort Lauderdale International Airport?
Thousands of people in Florida have been charged with possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia or drug distribution. These criminal charges can have far-reaching consequences on the liberty, family and career of suspects. This is one of the reasons that many people facing charges feel the need to defend themselves in court.
Right at this moment, there are defendants sitting in a Florida jail or sweating out the wait to their trial for a drug crime -- even though the prosecutor's office is aware that they're likely innocent.
In large part due to changes in marijuana laws, there's been a slight dip in the number of prisoners serving time or awaiting trial in American jails. But this country still incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation -- and many of them are female.
There are approximately 7.1 million unfilled jobs in the United States today -- but some people still can't find work because they have a criminal record for a marijuana-related crime.
A 75-year-old former chief executive officer of a major drug manufacturer, the Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC), has been charged with conspiracy to traffic narcotics -- along with a host of other charges related to his actions while opioids were flooding the market from 2012 onward.
Florida's criminal justice system has been struggling under the weight of mandatory minimum sentencing and the collateral damage of the "War on Drug" for decades. Now, a set of reforms that are working their way through the state's legislature may help change things for the better.
Not only has America's "war on drugs" been a monumental failure (given that the current epidemic of opioid addiction is a near-constant subject in the news these days) -- it's been an international failure as well.
When is an ordinary bag of cotton candy an object of suspicion and a possible sign of drug trafficking?