Well, what do we have here? It’s none other than Edward Busbee from Pensacola, the latest addition to the infamous “Florida Man” club. The reason? He was caught with meth and drug paraphernalia tucked away inside a M&M minis container, which, in case you didn’t know, is typically used to hold candy. I mean, talk about thinking outside the box!

According to WKRG, here’s what went down: A deputy spotted a green Ford Ranger parked by a dumpster at a Winn Dixie on Hwy. 98 and Blue Angel Parkway. When questioned, Edward and his companion claimed they were just munching on sandwiches before heading home. What they didn’t mention was that their sandwiches were served with a side of meth.

But the jig was up for Edward. Upon checking his driver’s license, the deputy discovered an active warrant for his arrest. Busted! Edward was immediately taken into custody. While in the patrol car, he owned up to having a rolled-up piece of plastic in his sock. Unfortunately for him, it tested positive for meth.

Florida Man Busted:

If you thought that was the end of the story, think again! Another deputy arrived at the scene, and a K9 unit conducted a search of the car. The dog led them to the M&M minis container. Looks like Edward will have to come up with a new hiding spot for his illegal goodies.

Now, Edward’s court date is set for May 19th, and we can only imagine how the judge will react when hearing about the M&M minis container. I mean, it’s not every day you hear about someone using a candy container to store their drugs.

The moral of the story here is that if you’re going to engage in illegal activities, at least have the decency to use a more discreet container. Or better yet, don’t engage in illegal activities at all. But for those who insist on living on the edge, a candy container is probably not the best option.

Let’s just hope that Edward has learned his lesson and will think twice before using candy as a cover-up for his next illicit activity. And as for the rest of us, let’s hope that we never find ourselves in a situation like Edward’s, because let’s face it, being a member of the “Florida Man” club is not exactly something to be proud of.

Florida Fish Are On Drugs

In a new study by the Florida International University, 94% of the fish off the Florida coast tested positive for drugs. In the study, researchers sampled 113 Florida redfish, looking for 94 commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. And they found them. On average, researchers detected 2.1 pharmaceuticals per redfish and only seven of those redfish tested clean. Of the areas tested, Tampa Bay had one of the highest concentrations. Looking to our Southwest Florida waters, Charlotte Harbor had medium concentrations. The Fort Myers are was not tested. So why are the fish on drugs? It’s the wastewater.

According to FIU, “Pharmaceutical contaminants originate most often from human wastewater and are not sufficiently removed by conventional water treatment. They remain active at low doses and can be released constantly.” The drugs affect the lives of the fish, and “On average, 25.7 percent of the fish exceeded a level of pharmaceuticals considered safe, which equates to one-third of the therapeutic levels in humans.” So it’s not just harmful to the fish, the amount of drugs in the fish really questions the safety of eating them.

The most common drug found in the redfish was Flecainide, which can treat and prevent serious irregular heartbeats. Heart medicine. That makes sense since a LOT of people here in Florida take that drug. The most common side effect of that drug is constipation. Second most? Tramadol. That’s right, the opioid analgesic pain killer. More than half of the redfish (52%) had Tramadol in them. “Ayy bro lemme get two pounds of that OxyFish….” is not just a joke. And Tramadol isn’t just a painkiller. It may decrease fertility in men and women.

What can we do about the drug problem in Florida Fish?

The study goes on to say “The results of this study indicate that there are additional opportunities for improvement by retrofitting existing wastewater treatment plants with innovative technologies, like ozone treatment, to remove pharmaceuticals and requiring such technology on new wastewater facilities.” So the trend can be reversed. But it’s going to take more research, and money. Last year, the school conducted a study on bonefish in Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys with similar results.


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