Florida has had more than its share of interesting politicians. With another election upon us, it’s not entirely surprising to see news of a politician in legal trouble.
This time, it’s a candidate who lives about 300 miles south of Ocala. The 29-year-old is running for a seat on the City of Sweetwater Commission. But his campaign has stalled after his arrest on drug trafficking charges.
Sweetwater’s police chief announced the arrest of the candidate, who was taken into custody with two other men accused of cocaine distribution in the South Florida town near Miami. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted in the investigation.
“The investigation has been ongoing for the last three months plus,” the Sweetwater chief said, adding that it “involved multiple offenders, multiple felonies and multiple drug charges.”
The candidate is facing three cocaine trafficking charges. Another man, 24 years old, was arrested on a pair of similar allegations, along with a 63-year-old man who faces a single count of coke trafficking.
The candidate has in the past faced drug-related charges and has also run for the Commission in the past, but was not elected.
All three men could face substantial time behind bars, as well as hefty fines and loss of jobs, careers and reputations if they are convicted on all charges.
If you or a loved one is in a similar situation, decline to speak to an investigator or prosecutor until after you have talked over your legal options with a skilled attorney experienced in criminal defense.