On June 1, 2012, when she returned to the shelter after her eighth escape, a staffer offered to help her run away once more. Instead — the girl and her family now say — that employee sold the teen into a sex-trafficking ring, where she was forced into prostitution for 41 days, held against her will by captors who threatened to kill her, and eventually contracted a sexually transmitted disease.
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Thanks to Scarface, Miami Vice, and Rakontur, everyone knows that 1980s Miami was the world capital of illegal substances. But few realize that 60 years before the Cocaine Cowboys era, another brand of underworld smugglers had already turned South Florida into the Wild West. At the height of Prohibition, Dade County was a rumrunning capital where insane shootouts lit up the Miami River, bootleggers flaunted their cash on the beach, and liquor flowed in on the tides.
Waka flakka, flamed out? The synthetic-drug epidemic that has gripped Broward County and spilled over into Miami-Dade more than two years ago may already be over thanks to an unprecedented level of coordination involved in the war on that drug.
The drug often leaves users in a state of psychosis. Public rampages, frequently in the nude, were a common side-effect. People on the drug have done everything from crashing a car into a county jail and then spitting on cops and claiming to be both God and Satan, to climbing up a drawbridge in the buff.
Florida Keys residents have waited uneasily for months for answers about what happened to 26-year-old Tara Rosado and 30-year-old Carlos Ortiz, who were found shot in the head in the bedroom of their Tavernier home last October while Rosado’s three children slept nearby.
Now, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested the men responsible — Jeremy Macauley and Adrian Demblans. The motives behind the killing revolve around a chance discovery of a huge cocaine load during a deep-sea fishing expedition, a failed tattoo shop business plan, and an extortion plot gone wrong.
Police in the Florida Keys were shocked when a maroon Mitsubishi roared up to 127 mph on the Overseas Highway over the weekend. Officers were even more shocked when they finally stopped the car on Stock Island and found three small children inside. The driver, Robert Rioseco, was drunk, police say. Miami New Times has the story.
Kathryn Wright apparently couldn’t face the idea chaperoning her grandchild’s elementary school field trip sober, so police say she decided to down two water bottles full of vodka. Predictably, it didn’t end well. Miami New Times has the story.