Every city and county has its share of child sexual predators, prostitution, illegal drugs, aggressive drivers, and fugitives running amok. Each crime is dealt with in its own way. That is, unless you're the Broward County Sheriff's Office, which deals with those crimes in one fell swoop. In a mass ... More >>
Earlier this year, Fort Lauderdale declared the once-filled-with-promise open-air shops of Beach Place a nuisance following a string of drug-related complaints and arrests. Now the city is threatening to take away Beach Place's entertainment district status unless it cleans things up by making a ser ... More >>
Diego Rastrojo, the extradited drug kingpin authorities say was the leader of a Colombian organization mainly responsible for drug trafficking to the U.S., was sentenced in a federal court in Florida, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Wifredo A. Ferrer, announced Wednesday. U. ... More >>
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 >>
Last Friday afternoon, a Palm Beach County sheriff stopped 18-year-old Evan Steward as he was cruising his silver Hyundai Sonata, without a driver's-side headlight, through Boca Raton. A cop pulled Steward over and told him he had been stopped because of the headlight. Steward then consented to a se ... 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 >>
Michael John Cefola had been driving for days, transporting cargo in his vehicle all the way from California. Maybe it was the lack of sleep, or maybe it was just carelessness. But Cefola couldn't keep his blue Chevy four-door from swerving in and out of the lane on a Gainesville highway. A police ... More >>
Back in October, the feds caught a dude trying to smuggle 620 pounds of cocaine into West Palm Beach on a 132-foot luxury megayacht. On Thursday, another dude tried to smuggle cocaine into Palm Beach on a cruise ship. Authorities say the man tried bringing coke and heroin into Palm Beach County abo ... 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 >>
Polk County police found what is probably the most Florida thing during a search following an arrest on Tuesday. And by "the most Florida thing," we mean, an illegal fish, a weed plant, hundreds of grams of meth, twin 10-month-old babies lying near the baggies, and two frozen alligators. We believ ... 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 >>
A California appeals court has ruled that Rick Ross cannot sue Rick Ross for using the name Rick Ross. Hip hop artist Rick Ross, known in his previous life as William Leonard Roberts II, hit the music scene hard when he created the Rick Ross persona. Ross apparently based the persona on a notoriou ... 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 >>
Fort Lauderdale police have charged the owner of an emaciated doberman on charges stemming from an unrelated incident in Polk County. When police investigated social media reports of a starving dog at 1636 Northeast 17th Avenue, they discovered 23-year-old D'Anthony Dontrel Davis -- who had three a ... 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 >>
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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 >>
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives think that former Coral Springs firefighter Santiago Gonzalez maybe, possibly, might have been part of the infamous Pain & Gain killings (now a major motion picture starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, based on a New Times stor ... More >>
Authorities seized a boat Thursday morning reportedly stolen from Broward County that apparently had a huge shipment of drugs. A boatload of drugs, if you will (sorry). Law enforcement sources are saying that about 1,000 pounds of drugs were seized.
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 >>
Alyssa Ainsworth, and her boyfriend, Ronald Stidd, were pulled over by police on West Second Street and Naranja Road in Valusia County on Friday for driving with an expired tag. But upon further inspection, an expired tag was the least Ainsworth had going against her. She was also driving with a s ... 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 >>
Welcome to the inaugural post of the Broward-Palm Beach edition of Mug-Shot Friday, a long-standing franchise focusing on the week's most eye-catching mug shots from South Florida's tat heads, tough guys, and femmes fatale. Check out Miami New Times' Riptide blog for the Miami-Dade edit ... 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 >>
Miami-Dade CorrectionsLee LewisLee Lewis -- the hearse owner with exotic leather outfits who's accused of bringing traffic to a standstill on the Palmetto Expressway a few weeks ago after allegedly leaving his body-hauler loaded with fake guns and explosives on the side of the road -- has had ano ... 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 >>
Happy Mug-Shot Monday! Today we're focusing on citizens arrested for marijuana charges. Florida has some of the most stringent marijuana laws so we wanted to see how pot-lovers look in front of the gray wall. Hint: one looks like Jesus.These mugshots are courtesy of both the BSO and PBSO.Name: Grego ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
FlickrEric Emmanuel, a 35-year-old man from Pembroke Pines, is being charged in what's said to be the biggest marijuana bust in Pennsylvania history. He and Stanley Baptiste, of Winter Garden, were arrested this weekend on a stretch of freeway east of the state capital, Harrisburg. Police found 6 ... More >>
Drug counselor Richard Entriken swam a little too easily in a sea of sharks.
West Palm's "most notorious": Big fish or a small scapegoat in the war on drugs?