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Drug dealers as murderers? Proposed Florida law targets sellers fueling overdose crisis

Cindy Dodds 24-year-old son, Kyle, was found dead of a lethal drug overdose on the streets of Overtown in Sept. 2016. Kyle had a mix of fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine and heroin in his system. Cindy is hoping to raise awareness about opioid abuse, and that lawmakers strengthen the Florida law punishing dealers who give out fatal doses of the drugs. Emily Michot Miami Herald

After years of battling addiction, Kyle Dodds collapsed on an Overtown street corner on an early morning, victim of an illegal drug usually used for tranquilizing elephants.

For Miami homicide detectives, holding a drug dealer accountable for Dodds’ death has proven a familiarly futile task.

His cell phone disappeared from the scene, so investigators found no text messages or calls that might lead to the possible drug source. No witnesses surfaced to say they saw Dodds buying at a particular dope hole. Detectives didn’t even find a baggie of drugs on Dodds, which might offer a clue to a distinct seller.

Rick Ross Indicted In Pistol Whipping Case, Lawyer Claims Self Defense: Report

The Miami rapper’s lawyer issues a statement to REVOLT.

Ralph Bristout Mar 1, 2016

Rick Ross has been indicted in the alleged pistol whipping incident with his groundskeeper last summer.

Last June, the Miami rapper was arrested on charges of assault, battery and kidnapping for an incident that took place at his Atlanta home and culminated with his groundskeeper allegedly getting pistol whipped.

According to TMZ, Ross claims Jonathan Zamudio, the groundskeeper, threw a party at the guest house of the Georgia estate with cocaine and drug paraphernalia involved. In response, the rapper’s lawyer, Steve Sadow, says he will make the case that Ross was “acting in self-defense and in defense of his property when he encountered trespassers.”

In a statement to REVOLT, Sadow, Ross’s lead defense counsel, said the following, “As soon as we became aware the prosecutor brought formal charges, we filed a preliminary motion for immunity from criminal prosecution, which ultimately would terminate the case if the Judge agrees with us.”

“Essentially what we will show at a pretrial hearing is Rick Ross acted in self-defense and in defense of his property when he encountered felonious trespassers inside his guest house. Of course, we continue to deny all of the allegations made by the so-called “victims.””

Ross’ indictment this week are for charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm while committing a crime.

As of this writing, no trial date has been set in the case.

Source from – https://revolt.tv/stories/2016/03/01/rick-ross-indicted-pistol-whipping-case-lawyer-claims-defense-report-5953b6737f