Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempted murder and human trafficking
The State Attorneys Office says Zakariya Clarke, 29, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempted murder and human trafficking. Clarke was accused of pimping multiple young women into prostitution, getting them addicted to drugs.
I-TEAM: Arrest of former DEA task force officer has possible ties to the arrest of FHP trooper
The I-TEAM has been digging into the allegations against a former Nassau County Sergeant, who was also a DEA task force officer, and found possible ties to another drug investigation resulting in the arrest of a longtime Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
Cracking the Code: I-TEAM helps parents decipher emojis used by teens to hide drug use
Drug dealers have been talking in code for years out of fear law enforcement might be listening to their conversations. But now, your teenager’s cellphone is making it easier than ever to communicate using emojis as code words for drugs.
🚀💣💥Decoding emojis dealers are using to sell drugs to young people
Since the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign began, federal agents who gather intel on drug distribution have been working behind the scenes to decode emojis found in both social media and text communications between drug dealers and young people.
The unexpected winner on election night? Drugs
While we may not know if President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election for a while longer, there was one clear “winner” on election night, and that was recreational drugs. States across the country have been legalizing recreational marijuana every election cycle, and 2020 was no different. Residents in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota all voted to legalize recreational cannabis, and South Dakota also legalized medical marijuana, along with Mississippi. South Dakota became the first state to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the same election. For the first time in U.S. history, the state of Oregon decriminalized possession of hard drugs, as well as voted to legalize psychedelic mushrooms.
Clay County, DEA investigation gets 20 pounds of crystal meth off area streets
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A joint operation between the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency has led to 20 pounds of near-pure crystal methamphetamine tied to Mexican drug cartels being taken off area streets. A major crystal meth bust has netted approximately 20 pounds of the drug and more than $32,000 in cash. He was accused of distributing kilogram-sized quantities of crystal meth in both Clay and Duval counties. “We learned of one of these individuals as a major meth dealer here in the area," said DEA agent Matt Dubet. “This particular meth seizure was 98% pure crystal meth,” he said.
Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton returns home after 60-day patrol
The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) returned home Friday to Charleston after completing a 60-day patrol throughout the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a release. The release said that Hamiltons crew interdicted nine drug-laden vessels while patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean. We are proud to support the Presidents national security strategy by keeping illegal drugs off American streets, Captain Timothy Cronin, commanding officer of Hamilton, said. Our efforts also degrade transnational criminal organizations, bring stability to Central America, and increase interoperability with our partner nations. I am extremely proud of this crew how they managed to sail short-handed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and still deliver tremendous results.The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton is one of two 418-foot National Security Cutters (NSC) homeported in Charleston.