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.
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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.
A Florida lab chemist, Joseph Graves was arrested for selling stolen drugs from police evidence, and replacing the drugs with over-the-counter medicine. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said he’s charged with grand theft, 9 counts of drug trafficking, and 12 counts of tampering with evidence.
Gerald Bailey, Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner said, “the actions of Joseph Graves are disgraceful.” Grave’s actions could even affect drug convictions in many Florida counties.
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Chief spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gretl Plessinger, said Graves worked 2,600 cases for 80 law enforcement agencies in 35 Florida counties, and 12 judicial circuits for over 8 years.
Investigators realized there were missing prescription pain pills from the Escambia County sheriff’s office evidence room. The prescription medication was switched with over-the-counter drugs.
Inspectors found each case with missing drugs was analyzed by Graves, so police opened a criminal investigation.
Many people are struggling with prescription drug addiction, you are not alone. Our Florida drug rehab center offers a specialized program for prescription drug addiction. You can be free from reliance on prescription pills or any kind of addiction through care, education, and counseling at our treatment facility.
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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.
The use of the drug called “Molly” is on the rise and college counseling professionals are uncertain how to deter the abuse of Molly and similar drugs. The spotlight has been on students at Washington State University (WSU) since last summer, when a student died after reportedly taking the drug at a music festival. The final autopsy report showed he had died of heat exhaustion and dehydration from methamphetamine but those who knew him said he had taken Molly. The confusion over which drugs caused what is becoming more common as students are mixing drugs or thinking they are getting one type of drug when they are getting something else entirely.
It apparently all comes down to how much a person trusts their drug dealer. According to Cassandra Nichols, director of Counseling and Testing Services at WSU. “You don’t know what you’re getting…(People think) that somehow because it’s in pill form, and it looks like a prescription pill, that it’s something that’s regulated, which it’s not. Or that somehow it being a more pure form of Ecstasy means something; it doesn’t.”
And the spike in hospitalizations from Molly indicates that these drugs are certainly not regulated and often mixed with meth or synthetic drugs like bath salts. Many students have ended up in Pullman Hospital close to WSU with symptoms like hyperthermia, organ failure and cardiac incidents that are common with bath salts or methylone which law enforcement say are increasingly mixed with Molly.
The problem is that Molly is affordable and accessible, but WSU counseling professionals don’t think scaring people off of the drug will work. Patricia Maarhuis, coordinator of WSU’s alcohol and drug counseling services said, “We’re not using scare tactics. We’re using it more in terms of ‘Let’s look at the context’ and how many students would be vulnerable to the same situation.” Whether that situation involves trusting the wrong drug dealer or having serious life threatening conditions associated with Molly and whatever it is mixed with is an important question.
Here at our Florida drug rehab center, we have a special addiction program for college students – many who have had adverse reactions to drugs resulting in hospitalizations. Although it is hard to scare an addict away from a certain drug, when life-threatening incidents happen to them it can scare them into seeking out treatment and sobriety.
Treatment for mental health and addictive disorders is now more pertinent than ever.
According to the recently published Global Burden of Disease Study, alcoholism, addiction and other mental health and substance abuse disorders are the number one cause of non-fatal illnesses in the world. This means that addiction and mental health cause more illness than even diabetes, cancer or HIV/AIDS.
The study’s co-leader, Louisa Degenhardt asserted that the findings “clearly show that illicit drug use is an important contributor to the global disease burden, and we now have the first global picture of this cause of health loss.” And the study was indeed global, as it looked at 187 countries and 20 mental health and substance abuse disorders and their overall impact on public health. They found that mental health and addictive disorders were responsible for nearly 23 percent of the entire disease burden worldwide – with the worst affected countries being the US and UK.
The study also showed that heroin caused the greatest health burden of all illegal drugs – as more than two-thirds of those who were dependent on drugs were young men aged 20 to 29 with 70 percent dependent on opioids and cocaine.
Another leader of the study, Harvey Whiteford, gave insight that, “Despite the personal and economic costs, treatment rates for people with mental and substance use disorders are low, and even in developed countries, treatment is typically provided many years after the disorder begins.”
This is very much in line with what we see here at Synergy Group Services. Many of our clients come in for heroin addiction treatment or dual diagnosis treatment after having lived through several years of active addiction. Although we wish interventions had occurred sooner, we are able to successfully treat mental health and substance abuse disorders to help addicts remain clean and sober – no matter how far down the scale they have gone. We hope we are doing our part to reduce the disease burden in our corner of the globe – at our Florida drug rehab and dual diagnosis treatment center.