Drug charges in Florida and elsewhere can carry with them significant penalties. While some minor drug crimes have minor consequences, if the accused has a criminal record, facing even a minor drug charge could have significant outcomes if convicted. Thus, it is also important to take these charges seriously, especially if one is accused of a lager operation.
According to recent reports, authorities arrested six individuals in Winter Haven, following a sting operation. Reports indicated that undercover officers purchased both heroine and crack cocaine near The Church of God The Bibleway.
After receiving several tips that drug activity was occurring in this area, detectives took action to uncover the drug operations occurring in this neighborhood that is filled with a lot of families and a church. As a result, deputies served a search warrant on two trailers. This resulted in the deputies uncovering roughly 6 grams of heroine and $4,855 in cash.
Those arrested ranged from 24 to 66 in age. They face charges such as possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of heroin within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of heroin with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, manufacturing cocaine and possession of cocaine. Authorities are still looking for a seventh suspect, a male age 65, for trafficking heroin and other related offenses.
Whether it is because of tips, a sting operation or a search subject to a traffic stop, facing drug charges can be an emotional and overwhelming experience. A defendant may not fully understand the severity of the situation or the defense options available to them. Thus, it is important to gain this information and understand how one could initiate the criminal defense process, helping them reduce or dismiss the charges against them.