Florida Deputy Extorts Money from Marijuana Grow House Operator
A nine year veteran with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Manuel Silva is accused of taking cash from an alleged marijuana grow house operator in exchange for not being arrested on cannabis charges.
During an undercover operation, Deputy Silva allegedly picked up an unspecified amount of cash that he thought was in exchange for not arresting the individual suspected of cultivation of cannabis in Florida.
The internal affairs investigation continues, however it is alleged that Deputy Silva arrived at the grow house in street clothes but while carrying his gun and badge. He threatened to arrest the resident of the grow house operation in Florida unless the cash was paid.
The Deputy even told the alleged marijuana grow house operator who had snitched on his cannabis grow house operation.
The alleged marijuana grow house operator in Florida contacted law enforcement officers through a friend who described the extortion scheme.
At the Sammis Law Firm we focus on marijuana crimes from simple possession of marijuana, possession of cannabis with intent to sell, possession of a marijuana grow house, cultivation of marijuana, manufacture of cannabis, to trafficking in cannabis throughout the Tampa Bay area including Tampa, Hillsborough County, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Bartow, Polk County, New Port Richey or Dade City, Pasco County, Brooksville, Hernando County, Bradenton, Manatee County. Our attorneys are members of the NORML Legal Committee dedicated to fighting for the reform of marijuana laws.
In many Florida cannabis grow house cases, the law enforcement officers conduct illegal searches or seizures under the Fourth Amendment. By aggressively fighting theses cases, our Tampa marijuana lawyers take a scholarly approach to filing and litigation motions to suppress and motions to dismiss.
Many law enforcement officers describe finding grow house operations as "fishing out of a barrel."
Because of the relative easy of investigating these cases, law enforcement officers often take shortcuts that violate our client's rights. Those violations, whether as criminal as extortion or as subtle as overreaching while obtaining "consent" to enter your home can result in the court throwing out all evidence in the case.
If you have been arrested for a marijuana offense in the Tampa Bay or surrounding areas of central Florida contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case today during a free and confidential consultation. Call 813-250-0500.
Read more about crimes of extortion in Florida under Florida Statute Section 836.05.