Florida Five: Entire Fla. police dept. busted, RPOF executive director resigns

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

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Entire Florida police department busted for laundering millions for international drug cartels – The village of Bal Harbour, population 2,513, may have a tiny footprint on the northern tip of Miami Beach, but its police department had grand aspirations of going after international drug traffickers, and making a few million dollars while they were at it. Read more

State GOP executive director stepping down to run DeSantis Senate campaign – Brad Herold, executive director of the Republican Party of Florida, is stepping down to run Rep. Ron DeSantis’ U.S. Senate campaign. Beginning Jan. 16, after Herold’s last day, RPOF Director of Party Development George Riley will become acting executive director, according to a statement released by the party Sunday afternoon. Read more

Related: Republican Party of Florida plans shakeup amid financial struggles

‘Carpetbagger’ candidate causing a stir over senate seat in black Riviera Beach – To hear some folks in Riviera Beach tell it, redistricting is already a joke. Some residents of this largely African-American city in Palm Beach County say they feel “betrayed” by a Fair Districts amendment that promised minority communities better representation. Read more

400 fraudulent commercial vehicle licenses, popular with terrorists, issued in Florida – A Florida woman was sentenced to 10 months in prison for helping 400 people obtain phony commercial driver’s licenses by covertly giving them answers during tests and for falsifying documents. Read more

Lakeland, Florida shooting: Sheriff Grady Judd says ‘You can expect to be shot’ after homeowner shoots, kills intruder – In making an announcement of a shooting in Lakeland, Florida, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was straight to the point in proclaiming that it was self-defense. A 24-year-old man named Chevez Antwann Faison broke into a Lakeland home on New Year’s Day while armed with a gun. Read more

Good news: Tom Brady makes Miami teen’s dream come true

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