PANAMA CITY, FL (March 1, 2020) – According to an online news report provided by WJHG/WECP, two individuals were arrested and now face felony drug charges. The news report states that a man and woman were arrested in Bay County, Florida, for illegal distribution of opioid pain medication. The news report also says that the two suspects who were arrested on Sunday, March 1, 2020. According to the Lynn Haven Police department and the news article, this was a coordinated law enforcement operation consisting of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lynn Haven Police Department, the Bay County Sheriff´s Office, the Panama City Beach Police Department, and the Panama City Police Department.
According to the online news report, the two individuals were arrested as the result of a law enforcement undercover sting operation. Law enforcement officers stated in the news report that a search warrant was served at the residence of a suspect. The search resulted in the discovery and seizure of approximately $400 of Oxycodone. Law enforcement then placed the two suspects under arrest and booked the two for illegal distribution of opioid pain medication. In addition, the two were charged with Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device in the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Distribute. One of the suspects was also charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone.
The names of the two suspects were reported in the online news report.
Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and OxyContin Laws, Charges, and Penalties
Opioids are a national crisis, and states such as Florida are aggressively targeting the illegal sale and distribution of opiates, Oxycodone and OxyContin to combat the epidemic. The state of Florida has some of the harshest punishments in the nation. For example, if an individual is accused of possessing a few opioid tablets without a prescription, the accused could face felony charges such as Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Distribute and Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone. The minimum sentence for a felony drug charge is three years in prison. If a suspect is found to possess 14 to 28 grams of an unprescribed opioid, and the individual is convicted, the mandatory minimum prison sentence increases to 15 years. Those individuals found in possession of 28 or more grams of an opioid medication will face a minimum prison sentence of 25 years if convicted.
Opioid crimes are punished according to the fullest extent of the law. Unfortunately, the legal justice system does not consider a clean criminal record or opioid addiction during sentencing. If an individual is charged and convicted of an opioid crime, this individual will receive the mandatory minimum sentencing as prescribed by law. In other words, a judge does not have the power to consider a clean criminal record, opiate addiction or any other circumstances that would otherwise allow the judge to be lenient during the sentencing stage of a criminal case.