Valarie Joaceus looks beat. Inside her tidy living room in North Lauderdale, the blinds drawn tight against the July sun's bite, she's slumped on a leather couch, a heavy-set, middle-aged mom overloaded with worry. Joaceus' two sons -- 26-year-old Jonathan and 25-year-old Gregory -- have had their t ... More >>
With 4/20 coming this weekend, chances are some of your friends are going to be all, "Woo hoo! 4/20, bro! Let's smoke!" And that's fine, bro. But keep in mind that, while 4/20 is officially pot day, it doesn't mean that it's legal to smoke it for one day. As it stands, you can still get busted in F ... More >>
The attorney for Elroy Phillips is determined to have his client set free for what has amounted to an egregious and distorted miscarriage of the law. Phillips, the 47-year old West Palm Beach resident, has already spent the better part of a decade in prison for what he says is a false conviction f ... More >>
Trey Radel, the freshman Republican representative who was charged in November with cocaine possession, is getting ready to go back to work Tuesday when Congress' new session kicks off. Radel had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession after getting busted, and spent 28 days in an inpatien ... More >>
As we reported last night, Rep. Trey Radel, who represents the 19th Congressional District in the Fort Myers-Naples area and calls himself the "Hip Hop Conservative," was arrested on October 29 for "unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally" possessing "a quantity of cocaine." Now, new information ha ... More >>
Trey Radel, the freshman Republican representative, was charged on Tuesday on cocaine possession, according to court documents. Radel, 37, who represents the 19th Congressional District in the Fort Myers-Naples area, was arrested on October 29 for "unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally" possessi ... More >>
Apparently the Goodship Yeyo was headed to Blowtown, USA, because federal agents found themselves a boat with a crapload of cocaine earlier this month. U.S. Customs, Border Protection officers, and a Fort Lauderdale Marine Unit were called in to investigate a sinking boat that was being reported to ... More >>
Michael Brewer, the Deerfield Beach teen who was the victim of a burn attack in 2009, has been ordered by a Palm Beach County drug court judge to write an essay after the teen missed a court hearing. Brewer, who was arrested on drug charges back in March, failed to show to a June 27 court hearing. ... More >>
Based on New Times' reporting, a federal judge in Tampa last week tossed out one of two convictions that sent reggae giant Buju Banton to prison in 2011. The decision -- which hinged on juror misconduct dug up by the newspaper -- is just the latest plot twist since the Grammy Award winner was rounde ... More >>
Today in Tampa, federal Judge James Moody made a dramatic decision in the ongoing legal drama of Buju Banton. The bench tossed a gun conviction that the federal government stuck on the reggae superstar, mainly thanks to New Times having reported on the highly illegal extracurricular activities of on ... More >>
Three pit bulls and a puppy suspected of being a part of a dog fighting ring have been rescued by Indian River County police. The dogs were found at a home located at 4565 33rd Avenue in Vero Beach, and had injuries consistent with dog fighting, according to officials. When police found the dogs, ... More >>
A Vero Beach man explained to an Indian River County Sheriff's deputy that the pants he was wearing where the cop found crack cocaine and marijuana were not his but were, in fact, stolen pants. "As I began to search his pockets, he stated quickly that the pants he was wearing were not his," an arre ... More >>
Michael Brewer, now 18, was arrested in West Palm Beach this morning on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment, according to the Miami Herald. Brewer was set on fire by a group of ot ... More >>
Seventeen people were arrested in Boynton Beach by Federal agents for suspicion of using stolen prescription pads to get drugs and then sell them. The arrests occurred Thursday afternoon when Drug Enforcement Administration agents swept in and booked several men on state drug charges, according to ... More >>
See also "Bahamian Men Sink Boat While Smuggling Six People Into Florida, Including A Drug Dealer"Speeding through a manatee zone is no joke, especially if your boat is stuffed with weed and illegal aliens. At the end of August, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stoppe ... More >>
Federal Judge James Moody on Tuesday denied Buju Banton's request for a new trial. In his decision, the judge wrote that there is no need for a new trial in light of an Atlanta appeals court's ruling that there was sufficient evidence to convict the reggae star on a gun charge.Under the new ruling, ... More >>
A panel of judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Thursday shot down Grammy-winning reggae artist Buju Banton's appeal on federal drug charges. The judges also reversed the lower court's decision to throw out a gun charge. Now the same judge who decided there wasn't enough  ... More >>
Volusia County Sheriff's OfficeJennifer Finch, mug-shot take 50.It took just over ten years, but 33-year-old Jennifer Finch managed to be arrested for the 50th time on Saturday and made her 50th trip to the Volusia County Jail.This time around, Finch was popped by the Daytona Beach Police Departm ... More >>
David Britto, federal fugitive, has been in Brazil for two weeks.Boynton Beach cop/alleged meth trafficker/federal fugitive David Britto has been on the run since August 24, and according to a filing submitted yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Britto hopped on a flight to Brazil that same ... More >>
irishcentral.comThis is what-caine?The case of cocaine delivery man Mackle Shelton -- who received an 18-year sentence for practicing his trade in 2005 -- sparked a federal judge to rule part of Florida's drug laws unconstitutional yesterday.Judge Mary S. Scriven of Federal District Court, in a 4 ... More >>
Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police2010's meth salesman cop of the year, David Britto (holding plaque).Last year's Officer of the Year from the Boynton Beach Police Department now faces up to life in prison for meth trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.Officer David ... More >>
FlickrMaldonado's Internal Affairs file contains allegations that he had sex with known prostitutes.During his eight years as a Fort Lauderdale cop, Jason Maldonado has had several episodes that could have cost him his career. It now appears Maldonado's luck is running out. A reliable source indi ... More >>
Casey and Rich on Valentine's Day.The question central to a potential criminal case against Richard Lippner -- the 38-year-old Fort Lauderdale man in whose apartment both Brianna Negron, 23, and Casey DiStefano, 20, died four months apart -- will likely be whether he provided Casey the drugs that ... More >>
A bizarre, disputed, cocaine-fueled mania is killing Floridians, especially when they're jolted with a Taser.
via www.marilynmansonartworkonline.com'When I Get Old,' by Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson's paintings are much better than his music. Just kidding; we love ya, Marilyn! His solo show, Trismegistus, debuted this past December during Art Basel Miami Beach. But if you missed the super-VIP opening, don't ... More >>
Drug counselor Richard Entriken swam a little too easily in a sea of sharks.
My sister newspaper's own Jean Carey, author of The Bitch column, and new mystery blog thedirtmiami.com are in a bit of a spat over coke arrestee (and Herald advice diva Tara Solomon's fiance) Nick D'Annunzio. I'm not taking sides here (hell, I'm partial to the Miami New Times, so whatever I have to ... More >>
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