A New Year's Eve traffic stop in Port Charlotte led law enforcement officers to find 1.7 grams of meth in a baby's shoe. According to the Miami Herald, a Sheriff's deputy found the crystal methamphetamine in the baby's shoe during a traffic stop. Law enforcement found a total of 42.3 grams of meth in the vehicle. News sources report that law enforcement officers stopped the vehicle after they saw it swerve into the center lane. During the traffic stop, law enforcement found a plastic bag containing meth and $790.
A sheriff's officer noticed another plastic bag hidden in the bra of a female passenger and a small amount of crystal meth hidden in a 1 year old girl's shoe. The child was not wearing the shoe, but it was located inside the woman's purse and within reach of the small child. The driver and two passengers were arrested and face multiple charges, and the child was released into the care of her father. In Florida, drug offenses are considered serious crimes with serious consequences. In fact, you can be convicted of a drug crime even if law enforcement does not find illegal substances on your person.
For example, you may be convicted of a first degree misdemeanor. Other crimes – such as drug possession and distribution – come with stiff penalties. In the state of Florida, drug possession involving less than 20 grams of an illegal substance is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by 1 year in jail. Drug possession that involves more than 20 grams of an illegal substance is considered a felony – punishable by five years in prison. If you or a loved one has been accused of a drug crime in Miami, contact a Miami drug crime lawyer from Parks & Braxton, PA.