The road to hell is paved with good intentions. A program such as this is no better than those who are in charge of it. The sheriff’s statement “The safes will be emptied as needed and the medications will be turned over to the county’s Solid Waste Department, which will dispose of the medications in the incinerator.” Really? Some of these drugs have a street value of $50. Or more per pill.
Few of the people of Lake County ever heard about the local FHP trooper and his girlfriend arrested in September 2011 for trafficking drugs. They were arrested in CT with very little local news coverage (as per usual for Lake County)
September 15, 2011 – A Florida Highway Patrol trooper from Lake County and his fiancee were among 16 people arrested this week on charges of conspiring to distribute tens of thousands of oxycodone painkillers, authorities say.
“Operation Blue Coast” started with an arrest at a hotel in Stamford, Conn., on April 8, in which Drug Enforcement Administration officers recovered 6,000 oxycodone pills from a man who routinely traveled from Florida to Connecticut. The trafficker, whose identity was not released, agreed to cooperate and, over the next few months, made hidden recordings that implicated his cohorts, authorities said.
Justin Kolves, 28, of Grand Island, is accused of twice traveling to Connecticut to protect a dealer on drug deliveries, as well as promising protection on Florida roads, according to U.S. Attorney of Connecticut David B. Fein. Kolves reportedly was paid $1,600 a trip. His fiancé, Jessica Douglas, 28, of Grand Island, employed in HR at the City of Lady Lake was charged with accepting money on his behalf, Fein said. The local couple was arrested on charges of conspiring to illegally sell tens of thousands of Oxycodone painkillers from Florida to Connecticut.
If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
The board of this venture and the people of Lake County had better keep an eye on this covert operation. While the not-for-profit organization buying all these safes with “free grant money” sounds good while at the same time providing Ms. Macintyre with a big fat paycheck and, they may very well have the best of intentions in mind, ultimately it will be them who is held morally responsible when the “garbage man” or someone else in the disposal cycle picks up these drugs and gets caught up in the greed cycle and decides as the local trooper and his girlfriend did; there is more money in the drug business than there is in the garbage or police business.