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.
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.
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It hit the news today that Florida Representative Trey Radel was caught buying cocaine at the end of last month and is being charged with cocaine possession.
The charge was part of a federal investigation into a Washington DC drug ring when agents got wind from a drug dealer that the Congressman was one of his cocaine clients. The dealer then set up a buy on October 29th and Radel took the bait. Later that night FBI agents went to his apartment and detained him.
Radel now faces a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and will appear in the District of Columbia Superior Court tomorrow and may face up to 180 days in prison and a fine of $1000. In response to this charge, Radel released a statement today saying, “I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida…I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”
Many touted this story as striking a strong resemblance to the plotline of House of Cards, but we see cases like this all the time among professionals we treat at our Florida addiction rehab – the only difference is that they don’t hold public office.
Among professionals and young adults alike, the abuse of alcohol can lead to drug abuse. A common drug of choice among alcoholics is cocaine because it allows them to drink more for longer periods of time. Over time alcoholics can develop drug dependence simultaneously – whether it is needing uppers to function during the day or downers to sleep at night – so we treat alcoholism and drug addiction simultaneously.
Here at Synergy’s addiction treatment center in Florida we believe in complete abstinence because over time drugs and alcohol have the same effect and addiction doesn’t become confined to just one addictive substance. The saying that “your drug dealer’s phone number is at the bottom of a beer” means that people’s inhibitions surrounding drugs seem to dissipate once they consume alcohol – and this certainly seems to have been the case with Radel. Fortunately he recognizes he needs help; “This unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”