A previous internal affairs lieutenant for the Miami-Dade Police Department, Ralph Mata, 45, was arrested in Miami Gardens, Fl. for allegedly working with a drug trafficking cartel. He allegedly helped them obtain guns, and even plotted a murder. Ironically, Mata worked for a division that investigated wrongdoing by officers.
According to a criminal complaint in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey, Mata is accused of using his status as a police officer to help drug traffickers in exchange for gifts and money.
|Shipment of cocaine bricks confiscated by the DEA. The logo is pressumably a symbol of Loaiza-Ceballos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The complaint also alleges Mata arranging to pay to murder rival drug dealers. Two assassins were to pretend they were police officers so they could pull over their targets in order to shoot them.
Federal prosecutors said, “ultimately the (organization) decided not to move forward with the murder plot, but Mata still received payment for setting up the meeting.”
Mata also allegedly used his police badge to carry weapons in his carry-on luggage from Miami to the Dominican Republic to give to the drug organization he worked with.
Mata faces charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine, aiding and abetting a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Many people do extremely dangerous and irrational things when drugs are involved. We offer a chemical dependency treatment program here at our Florida drug rehab center that can help people get their lives back. Our addiction treatment programs have helped many people find long-term sobriety, and live a joyful life.
Binge drinking is the “consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time” with the purpose of getting drunk. It has negative health effects and social consequences such as alcohol poisoning, suicide, sexual assaults, violence, and traffic accidents.
Many students, young people, military people, and adolescents engage in binge drinking. However, the list isn’t all encompassing, anyone can binge drink. Many inexperienced drinkers put themselves at risk of being in an accident, sexual assault, and other harmful circumstances.
The most common demographic partaking in binge drinking are people under 25. Younger people may binge drink due to peer pressure, or social anxiety. It’s considered a social health problem, and can lead to fatal consequences.
|A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Alcohol poisoning is a serious consequence of binge drinking. It can lead to hospitalization, vomiting, nausea, or even death. When a person is heavily intoxicated, they may be coerced into situations they normally wouldn’t do. Many rapes and sexual assaults happen when people are under the influence of alcohol. Drink spiking is known to happen at clubs, bars, and parties. Drink spiking is when a predator adds a drug, like a sedative to an unknowing victim’s drink with the purpose of executing a sexual assault.
Binge drinking can also lead to long term alcohol problems, such as liver disease, brain damage, or other organ damage. Research suggests those who regularly binge drink are at a higher risk for developing alcoholism.
If you binge drink regularly, or have a problem with drugs or alcohol, we offer help here at our Florida drug rehab center. Our alcohol addiction treatment program can guide you back to health and happiness. We also have a specialized chemical dependency treatment program that can help you regain balance in your life.
Guy Lanchester, 46, is in jail for cocaine possession and tampering with evidence. He stated, “I don’t understand… I thought cocaine wasn’t illegal in Florida.”
A security officer working at the Pier House resort reported to the Key West police that Lanchester along with two other men were acting suspiciously around 2 a.m.
When the police came, they found Lanchester behind a flower pot trying to ditch a small plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance.
He’s being held without bond, and is being charged with felony tampering with evidence.
Cocaine is definitely illegal and has many negative side-effects. Some of the short- term effects include anxiety, paranoia, addiction (even after one use) disturbed sleep patterns, panic, psychosis, convulsions, seizures, and even sudden death from high doses.
The long-term effects include permanent damage to blood vessels of the heart and brain, delirium, psychosis, severe tooth decay, severe depression, addiction, liver, kidney, and lung damage, risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.
Here at our Florida drug rehab center, we have specialized programs that treat chemical dependency, as well as substance abuse. Our holistic drug rehab program can help guide you on the road to recovery. It’s never too late to change your life and lead a happy, healthy, addiction-free existence.
Recovery is a journey, not an event. The choice of giving up drugs or alcohol is the first step to recovery. Simply giving up a substance is a courageous step in the right direction, but it may not be enough to set everything right in life. Many people turn to addiction because living sober is difficult, so when they give up substance abuse, their difficulties are still waiting for them. Finding happiness without the crutch of addiction will take time, but it’s well worth it.
Recovery happens in stages, and each person travels his own path. Some stages of recovery include acknowledging he has a problem with substance abuse and becomes willing to change. He will look for a rehabilitation center and take action to end his addiction. He may go through withdrawals, and begin to learn about life without drugs or alcohol. He will practice recovery maintenance, meaning he’ll start working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with a sponsor and attend meetings regularly. After two years, he’ll enter advanced recovery, which means he’ll find the rhythm of living a sober life. After living in a rhythm for a while, he will find peace most of the time, even through difficult situations.
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The journey of recovery is never over, it just gets easier with time and support of people who share the same goals of sobriety. Learning to live life on life’s terms is a wonderful gift. Living life in the moment, and not panicking about the future or regretting the past is freeing. Constantly fretting about the future can lead to dissatisfaction, and he’ll miss all the fun things happening around him right now.
Achieving emotional sobriety is also very important. Now that the drugs and alcohol have left the system, many feelings surface. He will learn to become a positive thinker, and be less stressed. He won’t fear life anymore, and can develop deeper relationships with people. Emotional sobriety doesn’t happen immediately, it takes time and practice. It will be challenging, but these challenges lead to growth and self-esteem. Knowing that he can deal with anything life throws at him with grace and dignity will give him confidence to face the next challenge.
Challenges in recovery are opportunities for growth and development. Many people dread challenges and view them negatively, but dealing with difficult situations lead to new coping strategies. Each strategy is a new tool. In time, the tool box will be full, and when faced with hardship, he can open his tool box and take one he needs. He carries this tool box with him wherever he goes, and is always prepared for anything that comes his way. He used to only have one tool for coping, addiction. Now, he has an entire box of tools at his disposal.
Recovery in an ongoing process that requires diligence and commitment. Living a sober life is freeing and full of happiness. Here at our Florida drug rehab center, we help you face challenges with courage and self-esteem through our holistic drug rehab program as well as a chemical dependency program. Recovery is the opportunity for peace and courage.
|English: Rick Scott, 45th Governor of Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Governor Rick Scott has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court with his fight to drug-test tens of thousands of Florida state employees. Scott’s team of lawyers filed a petition seeking the Supreme Court to hear his case after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against employee drug testing.
Scott’s petition states “the constitutionality of Florida’s drug testing policy is not only unsettled-it is an important issue the court should decide now.” It also says “The 11th Circuit has intruded upon Florida’s sovereign right to ensure the general welfare of its citizens and regulate its workforce.”
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is angry that Scott’s administration is continuing with the drug testing plight. ACLU of Florida attorney Shalini Goel Agarwal said “We are prepared to demonstrate to the U.S. Supreme Court, as it has found before, that the state has no authority to require people to submit their bodily fluids for government inspection and approval without reason or suspicion.”
Scott has made an issue of requiring drug tests for state employees and recipients of welfare since taking office in 2011. However, federal courts have already ruled against him. Scott’s opponents say government drug tests are a violation of the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
Scott’s petition states “requiring government employees and job applicants to consent to drug testing is not an unconstitutional condition because there is a rational connection between the requirement and the important state interest in a drug-free workplace.”
Judge Mary S. Scriven struck down mandatory drug testing and said there is “no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied.” Scott retorted “we should have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use in families-especially those families who struggle to make ends meet and need welfare assistance to provide for their children.”
Drug testing of Florida state employees and recipients of welfare is a decision left up to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, if drug addiction is a problem for you or someone you care about, help is out there through our Florida drug rehab center. We have specialized a holistic drug rehab program as well as a chemical dependency program that can help you start the recovery process.