Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Faced with a synthetic drug gaining popularity and claiming lives in Florida, this week, I signed an emergency rule outlawing this drug known as U-47700. The drug has been present in multiple deaths in our state, but this emergency rule will provide law enforcement with the tools they need to protect our communities from this dangerous drug and allow prosecutors to seek felony charges.
Synthetic drugs like U-47700 can destroy families and ruin lives. They can fall into the hands of children who may not know the dangers of the drug, leading them to overdose or even die.
I urge parents to research this drug and pay attention to what your children are buying online. Learn what synthetic drugs look like and the signs that someone is high or overdosing.
U-47700 is usually found in powder or granular form, and when pressed into a pill, it takes on the appearance of a prescription drug. It can sometimes be found as a liquid or as a nasal spray. This drug induces opioid-like effects including decreased blood pressure, intestinal bleeding, loss of consciousness and vomiting.
U-47700 has a high potential for abuse and does not currently have any accepted medical use in the United States. The use of the drug is gaining popularity in Florida and nationwide. This week’s action temporarily outlaws U-47700, and when the state Legislature convenes again, I will work with lawmakers to permanently ban this deadly substance. Working together we can save lives.
Couple Sentenced in Multimillion Dollar Baby Formula Scheme
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution announced the sentencing of a Florida couple in connection to an organized retail theft scheme to steal two million dollars’ worth of baby formula.
“It took great coordination and diligent investigative work to dismantle this multistate retail theft scheme, and thanks to these collaborative efforts between my Office of Statewide Prosecution and local and state law enforcement, these defendants will pay the penalty for their crimes,” said Attorney General Bondi. More.
Attorney General Bondi Highlights Florida’s 2016 Human Trafficking Summit
The 2016 Florida Human Trafficking Summit is less than two weeks away, and Attorney General Pam Bondi is encouraging Floridians interested in attending to register by visiting HumanTraffickingSummit.com.
Attorney General Bondi, along with the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Florida Department of Children and Families and the University of Central Florida, are hosting the one-day summit. The summit will bring together local, state and national leaders working to eradicate all forms of human trafficking. More.
Attorney General Bondi honoring victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and first responders at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Hospitality Stars of the Industry Celebration in Orlando.
Attorney General Bondi speaking to members of the Florida Chamber of Commerce in Orlando about the future of Florida and keeping the state safe.
Attorney General Bondi donating a children’s book to the #BringABook service initiative co-hosted by the Florida Chamber Foundation and Volunteer Florida. The books donated will go to students in low-income schools, who will get to take a book home to begin their very own library.
Friday afternoon, the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking met to discuss continued efforts to help victims and survivors of human trafficking.
Florida’s 2016 Human Trafficking Summit is just 10 days away. If you are interested in attending, online registration closes on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office at (850) 414-3350 or visit HumanTraffickingSummit.com for additional details or to register for the summit.