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In a recent appellate decision arising out of a Broward County court decision, the defendant appealed his withholding of adjudication and sentence for one count of possession of cocaine after a plea. The appellate court considered whether the cocaine was found as a result of an Florida illegal search and seizure.

The case arose when the police discovered crack cocaine in the defendant’s food container. Early one morning, two police officers were patrolling an area known for being a high crime area. An officer wearing a vest with the word “Sheriff” written on it was driving an unmarked SUV with the windows rolled down. As the police officer started to turn at an intersection, he saw two men standing at the corner of it. One of the men was holding a fork and a food container.

The defendant turned and looked up with a startled expression. He dropped his fork, as well as a yellow item that he tried to push down into the food container. The officer recognized that the item was crack. The police officer stopped. He took the container, which held grits. The items were pulled out of the grits and tested and found to be crack.

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A new trend in marijuana consumption has emerged. Marijuana is now being consumed in wax, oil, and butter form. These concentrated forms of marijuana are highly potent with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the active ingredient that gets users “high” when they use marijuana.

The process for creating waxes and oils can be very dangerous. The most common method involves using butane to extract the THC from the marijuana plant. The maker uses a cylinder tub filled with marijuana and butane. The butane extracts the THC from the marijuana leaving an oil or wax-like substance at the end.

Butane is highly flammable. Broward County and other areas in South Florida have seen an increase in fires due to THC concentrate manufacturing. Law enforcement officers look for signs like large orders of butane and cylinder tubing to local homes as a sign of manufacture.

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