Morning Juice: Major Drug Bust in Palm Beach County; Eggelletion Helps State Build Corruption Case

The local news for this Friday morning:

  • Federal prosecutors announced the arrest of 16 South Floridians in a nationwide illegal drug trafficking investigation called Project Deliverance that was based in West Palm Beach. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Another guilty plea coming in the Scott Rothstein case, this one from Debra Villegas, chief operating officer of his downtown Fort Lauderdale law firm. She faces a possible ten-year sentence on her single charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering unless prosecutors agree to amend that charge in exchange for her plea. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • The 67-year-old man accused of killing a U.S. Customs agent in a road rage incident two years ago shows that James Wonder was initially evasive before confessing to shooting Donald Petit in the parking lot of a Pembroke Pines post office. [WPLG-10]

  • Kayla Manson, the 13-year-old girl who was charged as an accomplice in the beating of Josie Lou Ratley, made an appearance Thursday on the Today show to insist that she had no idea that Wayne Treacy was plotting violence against her best friend. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Former Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to state bribery charges, played a role in helping state prosecutors get a guilty plea from the Chaits -- the developers then helped prosecutors build a case against other targets. [Sun-Sentinel]

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