A sheriff’s detective strayed beyond his own county while investigating a pill mill operation, and that’s jeopardizing the case against two former Pompano Beach firefighters.
Lewis Stouffer, of Coconut Creek, and Craig Turturo, of Boca Raton, are accused of running pill mills across Florida, including one in Vero Beach. But an Indian River County detective went to Broward and Palm Beach counties to obtain search warrants for their homes, and a judge later ruled the searches improper.
Now the cases sit stalled while prosecutors appeal.
At issue is how much authority law enforcement has to act in another jurisdiction — even if the original crime occurred in their home area.
Stouffer and Turturo were charged in 2012 with dozens of felonies after the Drug Enforcement Administration accused them of running a multimillion-dollar pain pill clinic and money laundering enterprise with a dozen other people.
The sheriff’s office was working with the DEA to investigate one …