A Florida man has been accused of selling drugs after he allegedly posted Facebook selfies of himself engaged in drug transactions. The 21-year-old man, who hails from Port St. Lucie, Florida, was allegedly broadcasting his illegal activities. He is even said to have posted a picture of himself next to a sheriff’s deputy while in the process of conducting a drug transaction.
The south Florida sheriff’s department that arrested the man announced the incident on its own Facebook page. The agency also re-posted the different photos that the man had allegedly put up online. One photo depicted the man in his car next to a sheriff’s deputy car. Also in the picture and allegedly in the man’s possession are cash and drugs, which police say were from the man’s drug sales crimes.
Police posted pictures of their own, however. One picture was of the man vending narcotics to an undercover law enforcement officer. Another showed the individual getting booked into the jailhouse. The photographic evidence will likely be admissible as evidence in court and will ultimately be used against the man during his criminal defense proceedings.
Facebook is a powerful social tool for connecting with friends, and it can be a fun experience for all age and population demographics. Nevertheless, those accused of crimes must be very careful in the way they choose to use social media while in the midst of criminal court proceedings. Also, though, just because the prosecution discovers seemingly negative evidence does not mean that it will ultimately be admitted to be used against them in court following a spirited criminal defense.
Source: firstcoastnews.com, “Man posts drug dealing selfie online, gets arrested” Travis Gibson, May. 11, 2014