Florida, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll said she knows what lesbians look like, but does she know what drug dealers look like?
Her brother-in-law, pharmacist Edward Benjamin Alister Beckles, has been charged by federal authorities with attempting to sell prescription painkillers.
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The officials said that 17 people were charged with trying to sell the painkiller illegally, and they were coming to Beckles’s pharmacy to have their prescriptions filled. If convicted, Eckles could face up to 20 years in prison.
In a statement, the Florida governor’s office said that Carroll “is not familiar with Mr. Beckles’ arrest or his business practices and she has never visited his pharmacy.”
“She is surprised and saddened this has happened to her sister’s family,” the statement continued
Carroll has been in the center of several controversies in recent months. Carroll, a Republican, is chairing a state committee looking into the Stand Your Ground laws in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting. Martin, an unarmed teenager, was shot in February by George Zimmerman, on his way home from a convenience store. The case has become a become a flashpoint in the debates over racial profiling and gun control laws. Stand Your Ground laws give wide latitude to the use of deadly force in self-defense. The law could protect Zimmerman, who said he was defending himself from Martin. Zimmerman was following Martin after he told a dispatcher he looked suspicious.
That panel has been criticized for being comprised of members who had been supporters of or voted for the law.
“This task force is not here to try the Zimmerman-Martin case,” she said in June. “We are charged to review the public safety law and make recommendations. This law is not about race. This law is not specific to any one area in our state or person. It can apply to any Floridian in any area of the state.”