Attorney General Moody's Week In Review

This week, I continued my Thin Line Tribute initiative in Perry to encourage and support the Perry Police Department. Our new initiative honors and recognizes the men and women who serve on the frontlines of law enforcement and often do not receive recognition for all they do to keep us safe.

My husband is a law enforcement officer and I love spending time with Floridians who choose a life committed to serving others and upholding the rule of law. These courageous individuals work tirelessly to protect us, and it is important, now more than ever, to lift them up and give them our undivided support.

I launched the Thin Line Tribute in May after a devastating year for law enforcement officers—both due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent increase in felonious acts against officers. Our officers do so much for us every day, and we should all show our appreciation and support for these brave Floridians.

To learn more about our Thin Line Tribute initiative, click here.

We recognize the sacrifice and commitment required of everyone who wears the badge and swears an oath to defend and protect. I will always stand up for those helping build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
Ashley Moody
Protecting Floridians
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Florida Sheriffs

Attorney General Ashley Moody presented a Florida Cabinet resolution commemorating 200 years of Florida Sheriffs. Florida Sheriffs Association President Sheriff Bobby Schultz, as well as FSA Vice President Sheriff Bobby McCallum and FSA Executive Director Steve Casey, attended the Cabinet meeting to accept the resolution—passed unanimously by Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “For 200 years, our state has benefited from the Office of the Sheriff in Florida. What began as an appointed position in 1821, soon became a vital office safeguarding the lives and property of Floridians. Over the past two centuries, Florida Sheriffs have worked to uphold the rule of law and protect Floridians while improving our state through unparalleled civic engagement, breaking cycles of crime and changing the lives of troubled youth.

“Because of the Florida Sheriffs, we have countless programs and initiatives throughout our state contributing to a stronger and safer environment for all Floridians. Thank you, to all our great Sheriffs, past and present, for your service and commitment to our state and the citizens who live here.” More.

Florida Fights Back Against Fentanyl Traffickers: Brother and Sister Drug Trafficking Duo Convicted for Selling Fentanyl

Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution secured convictions against a sibling drug trafficking duo. The defendants faced charges for selling and distributing heroin and fentanyl throughout Central Florida. The convictions come following an investigation into Hector Mojica Phipps’ drug trafficking operation involving his sister, Dilcia Mojica Phipps, serving as a proxy while Hector was out of town. Fentanyl is a highly lethal opioid and is increasing in the drug supply throughout Florida—exacerbating the opioid crisis. Nearly 21 people in Florida die each day from opioid abuse.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This sibling drug trafficking team sold heroin and fentanyl, two key drugs at the heart of the nation’s opioid crisis—disgraceful. Thankfully, my Statewide Prosecutors, working with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, dismantled their operation, and these poison pushers will harm Floridians no more. Let this serve as a message to any potential fentanyl traffickers: We will find you, we will arrest you and you will serve time for your crimes.”
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody visited the Perry Police Department to recognize and honor frontline law enforcement officers as part of the Attorney General’s Thin Line Tribute initiative.

Attorney General Moody joining Gov. Ron DeSantis, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried for a Florida Cabinet Meeting. To view the full meeting, click here.

Attorney General Moody with Gov. DeSantis and members of the Florida Cabinet presenting a resolution recognizing 200 years of Florida Sheriffs to the Florida Sheriffs Association.

From left to right: Gov. DeSantis, Attorney General Moody, Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz, FSA Executive Director Steve Casey, CFO Patronis and Commissioner Fried

Attorney General Moody speaking at Gov. DeSantis’ news conference announcing that Florida law enforcement officers will be going to help other states control the U.S. southern border. To view the news conference, click here.

Attorney General Moody speaking at Gov. DeSantis’ bill signing of SB 1716—Transportation Facility Designations Honoring Fallen Law Enforcement Officers. Three fallen officers' will be honored with roads designated in their names: Deputy Michael Magli, Sgt. Brian LaVigne and Officer Jesse Madsen. To view the news conference, click here.