A 42-year-old man has been arrested in Florida for trafficking cocaine. He allegedly also used his son to dilute the drug so that he could sell it locally. The 42-year-old man also allegedly employed his 44-year-old brother to go to Texas to pick up the drugs and gave him money to accomplish this task. These men, based in Jacksonville, Florida, will all get a chance to defend themselves in a court of law.
Unfortunately for the brother, Texas authorities made the man stop on Interstate 10 and allegedly found more than 20 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle. After his arrest, the 42-year-old man who is supposed to have paid for this trip turned himself into the police in Florida. The son tried to run away but was apprehended.
The 42-year-old man is facing a charge of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. Bail has not been set, but there were reportedly nine additional arrests made as a result of the investigation. The bail for those men is between $1 million and $3 million.
The local sheriff’s office really has not been forthcoming with information regarding these arrests. They say it is because they aren’t finished investigating the alleged crimes. They also say that they don’t want to taint the evidence.
Other arrests in the latter part of August supposedly link the man and another 55-year-old who already has a record. These two are alleged kingpins for supplying local drug dealers with cocaine.
If you have been charged with drug possession or other drug-related crimes, you need to tell your side of the story. A Florida criminal defense attorney can help you do that.
Source: The Florida Times-Union, "Attorney: Accused drug kingpin, said to have employed son, surrenders to Jacksonville cops," Jim Schoettler, Sep. 02, 2015