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Torres, 25, was released from the Charlotte County Jail after posting a bond of $29,500.
PORT CHARLOTTE (FOX 13) -Deputies in Charlotte County confiscated over 400 pounds of marijuana from a grow house in Port Charlotte late Thursday.
A pair of Bradenton residents was arrested on a variety of charges including trafficking in an illegal narcotic. Elier Enrique Torres-Milian and Yudelky Cabrera Perez were booked into the Charlotte County Jail and released after posting a bond of $29,500 each.
According to a Charlotte County Sheriff's Office report detectives in the department's Narcotics Division received a tip that a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from 18099 Bly Ave.
A search warrant was executed and detectives and members of CCSO's Street Crimes Unit knocked on the door. Torres-Milan, 25, answered but quickly slammed the door and attempted to go back inside.
Perez, 33, then slammed the door shut but deputies managed to kick it in to gain access to the residence. The suspects were handcuffed, placed into custody and removed from the home.
A search revealed two rooms containing hydroponic cultivation equipment. One of the rooms contained 61 large cut pot plans and an additional 169 ‘starter' marijuana plants.
Both contained the sophisticated devices employed to produce high-grade cannabis.
Deputies confiscated the larger plants for evidence and destroyed the equipment. A pick-up truck and a 2011 Dodge Charger were also seized.
Torres-Milian and Perez were both charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest.
Charlotte County Bill Prummell, who took over the office in January, says his agency will continue to target similar operations.
"This is only the beginning," Prummell said of the bust. "Since I took I reorganized the Special Investigations Division to include a supervisor of Narcotics, members of the Street Crimes Unit, a K9, and use of the Veri-Plate System that scans and records license plates on vehicles. We are targeting the worst of the worst."
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Decisive unloaded nearly 4,000 pounds of seized cocaine in St. Pete this morning.
The cocaine has a street value of about $45 million.
The cocaine is coming from two separate seizures at sea. On November 25, the Coast Guard along with the Caribbean regional law enforcement seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine off the coast of Dominican Republic.
The suspects tossed the bales of cocaine once they realized they had been spotted. The drug traffickers got away, but the Coast Guard still managed to picked up the 38 bales of cocaine that had spread out to a three-mile area.
Two days later on November 27, a second seizure of nearly 2,000 pounds of cocaine occured at sea from a sailing vessel which was also located south of Dominican Republic.
The two seizures are part of Operation Unified Resolve to detect and stop illicit drug trafficking in and around Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"There's been a recent rise in crime in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. They suspect it's correlated with illegal drug trafficking, so they've recently ramped up Coast Guard presence hoping to stem that tide of illegal drugs," said Lt. Kjell Rammerdahl with the US Coast Guard.
Over the last five months of the operation, the Coast Guard has seized more than 20,000 pounds of cocaine and 6,900 pounds of marijuana as part of the operation. The street value of all of the drug seized is worth $262 million.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is unloading another big seizure Wednesday morning on the east coast in Port Canaveral
. The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, which is homeported in Virginia, unloaded 5,000 pounds of cocaine, valued at $55 million.
GOP convention will use ‘behavior recognition’ software on video surveillance cameras in Tampa
‘Behavior recognition’ surveillance system will remain in place after convention ends
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Tampa Police Department will deploy dozens of ‘behavior recognition’ surveillance cameras at the Republican National Convention later this month, with the cameras remaining in place and more being added after the event finishes.
“The police department in Tampa, FL, is deploying behavioral recognition software from BRS Labs on dozens of the video cameras that will provide round-the-clock surveillance at many of the venues where the GOP national convention will take place August 27-30,” reports Government Security News.
The cameras work by using a software program called AISight 3.0, which is pre-programmed to acknowledge what behaviors are considered “normal” and then report any “suspicious activity” if it is spotted to police headquarters.
Equipped with the ability to track up to 150 suspects at a time, the cameras build up a “memory” of suspicious behavior to determine what constitutes potential criminal activity.
Critics have labeled the surveillance system one step away from “pre-crime,” the technology inextricably linked with the 2002 science fiction film Minority Report starring Tom Cruise, based on the short story by Philip K. Dick. The movie depicts a ruthless police state that employs psychics called “precogs” to apprehend criminals before crimes occur.
However, instead of being removed after the RNC concludes, more behavior recognition cameras will be added to keep tabs on the general public. BRS Labs president John Frazzini told GSN that once the convention is over, Tampa police will continue to deploy the technology “in an expanded footprint.”
This again emphasizes how invasive surveillance technologies are justified under the pretext of “national security events” and yet once the event is over, another permanent lurch towards an Orwellian society has been accomplished.
L.Q.L. is made up of 3 brothers ages Letarrian 7, Quan 13 and Lee 14 years of age. They are from Clearwater, Florida and hoping to make an impact nationally!
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- Jun 30, 2012 -
Lee Jones is not only a seasoned music producer but also the proud father of 3 talented boys. He is pleased to introduce his 6, 13, and 14 year old talented son’s, L.Q.L which are born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. L.Q.L was raised in a Christian home where the whole family has a musical background of singing, dancing, rapping, acting and or preaching. The love of performing runs through their veins.
Currently L.Q.L has completed a 13 track Hip-Hop/ R&B inspirational album with guest appearances of family & friends soon to be released in 2012.
L.Q.L is not only musically inclined but they are well grounded honor students with a gift to master anything they put their minds to. They have maintained A’s, B’s, & C’s since preschool and they would like to go to college and play sports too. Their father makes sure they stay grounded and humble with the Lord at the center of their lives.
Songs on their album talk about things the youth can relate to; teenage relationships, uniting people, playing sports like basketball, and just dancing and being kids! You can view their first music video on Facebook and Youtube under leeandquan called “Girl I once knew."
Right here in our backyard today, over in Saint Petersburg a joint task force seized one hundred thirty five million dollars worth of Cocaine off the Tampa Bay harbor, see the video below.
P.S. - Not the best sound quality, I apologize for that.
By Jeff Harrington
, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
What a difference three months — and a $2.3 billion trading blunder — can make.
Jamie Dimon is sounding contrite and humble this week as the JPMorgan Chase CEO rolls into Tampa today for his company's annual meeting. He has been taking to the airwaves apologizing for the "terrible, egregious mistake" which could balloon to a $4 billion loss.
It's a far cry from Dimon's tone the last time he made a public swing through the Tampa Bay area.
Back then, he was peeved about ongoing protests by Occupy Wall Street and preached it was time to move past the financial debacle of 2008.
"You need to stop denigrating business because it doesn't build confidence," he said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times
during a February bus tour of Chase properties throughout Florida. "We need to move on."
Dimon was in a celebratory mood at the time. Profits were up, the megabank had just inked a multi-state settlement over questionable mortgage foreclosure practices, and Dimon had cemented an enviable reputation for avoiding some of the major miscues that plagued other bank leaders during Wall Street's meltdown.
Mistakes were made, he acknowledged. But he was critical of an endless debate about who's to blame in the mortgage crisis, about the bailout, and America's widening wealth gap. His biggest objection was to indiscriminate blame being thrust onto banks like Chase.
"You don't justify it because you've had a tough time. As a matter of fact, in a tough time, the best people stand tallest," he said. "They're the ones who discriminate between the right and wrong. They're the ones who stick to the true blue. They're the ones who stand tall. Not the ones who out of convenience scapegoat and fingerpoint."
To see the Times
' Q&A with Dimon in February, go to links.tampabay.com
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TAMPA (CBS Tampa) — Did Capt. Nemo ever see anything like this when he was “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”? A mysterious creature was caught by underwater cameras recently during deep-sea drilling near the United Kingdom.
The camera catches the giant blob – which looks brown in color and appears to have scales — floating around, with organs and appendages sticking out, something rarely ever seen before.
So … should we be afraid of this new sea creature and will it take over the world?
Steven Haddock, a scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, Calif., says that the mysterious creature is a Deepstaria enigmatica jellyfish, much to the chagrin of some Reddit users who thought it was a whale placenta.
“This bag-like jelly is not that rare, but is large, so rarely seen intact,” Haddock said on his “JellyWatch” Facebook page. “In the video, the swirling from the sub makes the medusa appear to undulate and it even turns inside-out.”
This type of jellyfish is usually found in the south Atlantic Ocean, some 5,000 feet below. According to the Marine Species Identification Portal, the jellyfish has “oral arms […] terminating in curious hook-shaped organ[s].”
Turning a right into a privilege that can be revoked by bureaucrats
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, April 27, 2012
Tampa’s City Council wants Governor Rick Scott to pass an executive order banning concealed carry rights to coincide with protests at the Republican National Convention later this year.
“The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns,” reports the Sacramento Bee.
“The Tampa City Council wants Scott to issue an executive order, preventing people with concealed weapons permits from carrying guns.”
The executive order is required because according to Florida law, local officials are prohibited from pre-empting state gun statutes.
This move represents yet another effort to turn a right into a privilege and creates the pretext that fundamental liberties can be revoked by local bureaucrats when the mood takes them.
We’ve seen a similar assault on free speech rights with protesters being forced to ask the authorities for permits to exercise rights already guaranteed under the First Amendment.
Indeed, authorities in Tampa are already set to designate a “Clean Zone” where protesters are allowed to demonstrate. Although it hasn’t been decided where in relation to the actual RNC event this “Clean Zone” will be located, it’s normally kept well away from the central hub of activity, making it virtually worthless in terms of generating media attention.
Council member Lisa Montelione’s claim made in a letter to Scott that the gun ban is necessary to “prevent a potential tragedy” is completely at odds with the facts which show Florida’s total violent crime rate has dropped 32% and its homicide rate has dropped 58% since enacting concealed carry, figures mirrored across the rest of the country.
Authorities in Florida are relying on the fallout from the Trayvon Martin case to push their anti-Second Amendment policies despite the fact that evidence clearly indicates George Zimmerman properly exercised his right to self-defense after being attacked.
The use of executive orders to crush constitutional rights and undermine the democratic process is a trend that has emanated from the federal level.
Earlier this week the New York Times reported on how Obama had personally invented the slogan “We Can’t Wait” to characterize his intention to “aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.” In other words, Obama simply “can’t wait” to bypass Congress and use executive privilege to advance his political agenda.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.