Convict in cocaine-trafficking case to get shorter sentence

Rod Sullivan, professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law, said the case could lead to other people convicted of drug-trafficking getting their charges reduced if police combined the suspected drugs in the same way. But it will happen only if lawyers objected to the practice during the criminal trial.

If a lawyer didn’t register an objection, those convictions will stand, Sullivan said.

Sullivan said he was surprised by the ruling.

“Once Greenwade admitted he had cocaine and showed the police officers where it was, I think it was up to the jury to decide whether the amount of cocaine he possessed was more or less than 200 grams,” Sullivan said.