February 8, 1990 |
Gov. Bob Martinez called Wednesday for the execution of drug dealers caught bringing large amounts of cocaine or opiates into Florida, regardless of whether the activity is linked to an actual death. The proposal is part of a package that will boost spending on Florida's drug war to $120 million, double the current amount. "These are the merchants of death--death by drugs," Martinez said. "They don't deserve to simply sit in our prison system.
January 25, 1990 |
A federal indictment Wednesday charged three police officers and four other men with stealing more than $1 million in cash, 110 pounds of cocaine and a ton of marijuana from drug dealers. A separate indictment charged two other officers in a cocaine case. The cases mark the widest-ranging police corruption indictments since 15 Miami police officers were charged in a drug rip-off ring in 1984 and 1985. U.S. Atty.
January 24, 1990 |
A new domestic drug-control strategy to be announced by President Bush Thursday will designate Los Angeles County, Houston, Miami, New York and the U.S.-Mexican border as high-intensity drug trafficking centers eligible for special aid, according to Administration and congressional officials. The designation of high-intensity regions, including the border area from San Diego to Brownsville, Tex., is one element of the Administration's drug-control plan.
January 24, 1990 |
A new domestic drug control strategy to be announced by President Bush Thursday will designate Los Angeles County, Houston, Miami, New York and the U.S.-Mexican border as high-intensity drug trafficking centers eligible for special aid, according to Administration and congressional officials. The designation of high-intensity regions, including the border area from San Diego to Brownsville, Tex., is one element of the Administration's drug control plan.
December 27, 1989 |
Two Ku Klux Klan groups have kicked off a campaign to rid Lakeland, Fla., streets of crack cocaine dealers, but the NAACP and police are suspicious. The "Krush Krack Kocaine" initiative calls on klan members to gather information on drug dealers and give it to authorities. The klan groups are focusing on the predominantly black north side, which city officials say is the area suffering most from drugs. Police warned that any law violations would be vigorously pursued.
December 16, 1989 |
A bomb exploded in the car of a locally prominent criminal attorney as he left for work Friday, seriously wounding him, police said. Gino P. Negretti, 71, aided by neighbors, narrowly escaped flames that engulfed the car moments after the blast in a residential section of Miami, police spokesman David Rivero said. "He's pretty well known as a defense attorney, and a lot of his clients are drug defendants," Rivero said. "Obviously, that's one of the angles that will be checked."
December 1, 1989 |
A divided Florida Supreme Court declared random drug searches of commercial buses unconstitutional, saying the practice invited comparisons to Nazi Germany and communist countries. The court, in a 4-3 decision that overturned six drug convictions, said the practice violated state and federal constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure, even though the goal--stopping the flow of illegal drugs--was admirable.
November 1, 1989
Norm Sloan resigned as coach of Florida's basketball team Tuesday, leaving a program that has been under NCAA investigation and was recently linked to a federal drug case. Don DeVoe, former Tennessee basketball coach, was hired as interim coach. DeVoe was at Tennessee for 11 months before being fired last March. "I think if I do a good enough job, I can stay," DeVoe said.