Ever since Pam Bondi has become our Attorney General, she has declared war on prescription drug trafficking.
I've said it before, folks. Florida's government has taken a hardline approach to suspecting trafficking of prescriptions. Namely their efforts have been directed at so-called "pill mills," or prescription pain clinics.
News website www.wsvn.com reports that just this week, federal and local narcotics officers joined forces to raid pain clinics throughout South Florida.
Police said they arrested doctors, pain clinic staff, and suspected drug dealers.
Pain clinics assist people in obtaining prescriptions for commonly used prescription drugs, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and alprazolam (Xanax).
Trafficking in prescription drugs carries some of the harshest mandatory minimum sentences in the country. You can receive a 25-year mandatory prison sentence just for being in possession of 28 grams of oxycodone without a prescription.
The State of Florida has targeted pain clinics because they feel that pain clinics provide ways for addicts and traffickers to obtain their drugs. Since the State of Florida has accused pain clinics of supplying prescription drugs to anybody who will pay (including out-of-state clients), their operation will be under the microscope over the next few years.
I am a criminal defense attorney who has represented clients charged with prescription drug trafficking. I understand the severity of these charges. However, I also understand that you have a right to be free from unlawful police intrusion.
If you or someone you know has been charged with trafficking in prescription drugs, or any criminal charges stemming from the operation of or patronage of a pain clinic, call me today.