The war against drugs is a nationwide struggle, but it hits some areas of this beautiful country harder than others. Florida is one of those places. There are a number of factors that contribute to the extreme use of illicit drugs in Florida. For one, there is the access to the drugs. Miami has been called a second home for many, many years by the colombian traffickers. According to Airports Council International, in 2016, Miami International Airport is the number 12 airport for total cargo handled in the world and and it is the number three airport for total cargo in the United States. Miami International Airport is responsible for handling over 2 million tonnes of cargo every year. With so much freight going in and out of one airport everyday, combined with the nightlife of Miami, it is a no brainer why this an attractive area for Colombian traffickers to settle down and import product.
Drug Statistics of Florida
The drugs that infiltrate the United States through the Miami International Airport tend to travel further than the beaches of Miami. They find their way into the rest of Florida and beyond. According to the U.S Department of Justice, in 2000, 62.8% of male arrestees in Miami tested positive for using any illicit drug. 61.8% of male arrestees in Fort Lauderdale also tested positive for illicit drugs in the same year. Statistics from a report from the Florida Department of Corrections stated that in 2001, the highest percentage of inmates in Florida prisons was from “drug-related charges” (17.9%). The aforementioned report from the U.S Department of Justice also released the amount of drugs that were seized in Florida from 1997-2001 and the number are staggering. 134,501.7 Kgs of marijuana, 72,878.6 Kgs of cocaine, 2,070.9 Kgs of heroin, and 338.6 Kgs of methamphetamine were all seized over the four year period.
The Drug Statistics for Pinellas County
Pinellas County is one of the most drug-ridden counties in Florida. According to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights, Pinellas County is in the top five counties in drug possession arrests in the state of Florida. From 2010 to 2015, there were more than 31,000 drug possession charges from this county alone. That is 10,000 more than Hillsborough, a larger county, that only recorded 21,000 drug possession charges. When asked about the drug epidemic that hit Florida, the police chief admitted that they did not have a handle on it. He also said that law enforcement is making strides towards eliminating the problem.
If you are a resident of Florida and have been arrested for drug possession Pinella’s Criminal Law can help you. Our drug crime defense lawyers are experienced in drug possession law in the state of Florida and can help you get your sentence reduced. Contact one of our lawyers today to schedule an appointment.