A former worker for the U.S. Postal Service has admitted to accepting bribes to deliver parcels that contained drugs. According to Local 10 News, Evelyn Ramona Price, 53, provided a man with addresses on her route where she would deliver the packages. She received $50 per package.
According to Sun Sentinel, Price had been redirecting the parcels for about five months. Authorities seized four packages that contained at least 20 pounds of marijuana. Although the return addresses were in New York or Florida, the packages were postmarked from California.
Price pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official. She will be sentenced in September and could face a $250,000 fine and up to 15 years in federal prison.
Federal offenses of this nature are very serious. If you or someone you love has been charged with a federal crime, contact Leader & Leader P.A. to discuss your defense options.
Michael D. Leader is a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale who treats each client as his most important client. He will investigate your arrest, gather evidence, and develop a comprehensive defense based on the unique facts of your case. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 954-523-2020.
Is It Illegal to Use Marijuana Recreationally in Florida?
Yes. As Business Insider explains, there are only eight states where it is legal to use marijuana recreationally: Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, California, Maine, and Nevada. Although many states have decriminalized marijuana possession, it is still a schedule I drug under federal law.
Although recreational use of marijuana is illegal in Florida, certain medical uses are now legal. In 2014, the state legislature approved very limited use in a limited form for very limited medical issues.
Medical marijuana laws were expanded in 2016 after a vote on the ballot during the presidential election that now includes patients with Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS, and ALS. The revised law also permits the use of more powerful strains of marijuana.
Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana in Florida?
To use cannabis in Florida in a legal format, you must be a part of the state registry which you can only be recommended for inclusion on by a licensed physician who has completed the necessary course and examination. About 340 physicians had completed this course as of January 2017. If you would like to be able to utilize medical marijuana in Florida, you will first have to see a qualified physician. Because doctors are often licensed through the DEA to prescribe controlled substances, they do not “prescribe” marijuana in Florida as it is not legal under Federal law and would risk their DEA license. Therefore, they recommend you for inclusion of the registry which authorizes you to purchase it in conformity with Florida law from an approved vendor.
If police find marijuana on your person or property, you do not have a prescription and it is not in a form from an authorized vendor, you could face serious criminal penalties. There are several factors that will determine the severity of the penalties, the most important of which is the amount of the drug found in your possession. Fines, prison time, and probation are possible penalties of marijuana possession.
If you were arrested for a drug-related crime in Florida, turn to Leader & Leader P.A. As your Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney, Michael D. Leader will make himself available after office hours to address your questions and concerns. Call 954-523-2020 today to schedule a free initial consultation.