Clearwater Convenience Store Owner Booked on Drug Charges

The doors of a busy North Greenwood convenience store were closed for business after the owner was arrested for multiple felony drug charges. This is the first time that the owner, who was described by his customers as a nice guy, has been charged with a crime in the state of Florida. He was released from Pinellas County Jail after posting bail.

Based on a tip, police conducted a search of the man’s store. They found and seized two grams of crack cocaine, 77 grams of packaged marijuana ready for sale and morphine. Consequently, drug charges were filed against him that include possession of morphine, possession of marijuana and cocaine with the intent to sell and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony. Conviction of these crimes can sometimes results in jail time and fines.

Patrons of the convenience store were stunned by this development. Many described their visits to the store and the items they purchased there. One 10-year-old boy explained how the owner would give him Mike and Ikes for free, and another customer asked authorities not to be so hard on the man.

Florida residents facing drug charges are entitled to representation from a criminal defense attorney who can help protect their rights. A felony conviction can have serious consequences, including a permanent criminal record, a jail sentence and hefty fines. Those facing charges may contact a skilled attorney. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to negotiate for lesser charges or a lighter sentence.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Police: Clearwater store owner sold bread, milk, drugs,” Danielle Paquette, March 28, 2013


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