Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 334 • March 31, 2017
Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing

I have spent my entire career fighting drug trafficking and abuse—locally as a state prosecutor and statewide as Florida’s Attorney General. This week, President Donald J. Trump appointed me to the newly formed Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to help combat drug abuse nationwide.

Our nation is in the grip of a deadly opioid epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2015 more than 33,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdoses. More than 3,000 of those deaths occurred in Florida.

We have made great strides in the fight against drug abuse in Florida, shutting down pill mills, outlawing synthetic drugs and dismantling drug trafficking rings. Since 2014, my Office of Statewide Prosecution charged 148 people with charges related to trafficking heroin.

This session, I am supporting legislation to add Fentanyl to Florida’s drug trafficking statute. Drug dealers now commonly mix Fentanyl with heroin—and users are unaware of what they are taking and sometimes think they are buying a Xanax or an over-the-counter pill—often resulting in death.

While all these actions are saving lives—Florida and our nation face an unprecedented threat from opioids flooding into our communities.

Florida law enforcement alone cannot stop this national epidemic and I am deeply encouraged by President Trump’s creation of the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The commission is chaired by Governor Chris Christie and includes other leaders who will fight to reduce drug abuse.

I am honored to work alongside these experts to help improve our nation’s fight against drug abuse and trafficking, save lives and heal broken people.

In the News
Fighting national opioid epidemic will take united front | Opinion, Sun Sentinel
Naples couple charged with trafficking prescription drugs, NBC 2

Collier couple accused of trafficking nearly $4 million in prescription drugs, Naples Daily News

Bondi to serve on new Trump lead Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission, News Talk Florida

President Trump Appoints Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi To Drug Panel, WFSU

Pam Bondi hosts Women's Empowerment Panel at White House, Tampa Bay Times


Protecting Floridians
Florida Couple Arrested in Drug Diversion Scheme

Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the arrest of a Naples couple in connection with a drug diversion scheme fueled by Medicaid fraud. According to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and FDLE investigation, Francisco Calderon, 53, and his wife Zulima Calderon, 51, trafficked more than $3.9 million of contraband prescription drugs between 2005 and 2013.

“This massive scheme to sell millions of dollars’ worth of contraband prescription drugs and exploit our Medicaid program has been shut down thanks to the great work of my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, my Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement,” said Attorney General Bondi.
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Events
President Donald J. Trump meeting with Attorney General Pam Bondi, Coach Tony Dungy, Derrick Brooks and President of Family First Mark Merrill in the Oval Office this week.




Attorney General Bondi moderating President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s Women’s Empowerment Panel at the White House on. Panelists included U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma. To watch remarks from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the panel, click here.








Attorney General Bondi visiting with Vice President Mike Pence, Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma, Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the Women’s Empowerment Panel.


Attorney General Bondi joining the President, Governor Chris Christie and others in the White House Cabinet Room for an opioid and drug abuse listening session. Attorney General Bondi is honored to be appointed to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. To view the Presidential Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, click here. To listen to the opioid and drug abuse listening session, click here.




Attorney General Bondi speaking to attendees at the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute training in Orlando. The training focused on protecting service members and veterans from scams and other unfair business practices.




Attorney General Bondi throwing the first pitch at the Yankees Spring Training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.