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Panhandle public defender arrested on drug charges

June 17, 2014
Associated Press

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A Panhandle public defender has been arrested on drug charges.

The Northwest Florida Daily News ( ) reports that Lenny Platterborze had worked as a public defender in Walton County for about 20 years before his arrest late Monday. He was fired after his arrest.

Platterborze made a first appearance Tuesday morning and his bail was set at $10,000.

The public defender's office said Platterborze did not request representation, and it was unclear whether he would hire a private attorney or represent himself.

His arrest warrant was served at the public defender's office. Officials said he was one of four people arrested as part of a joint operation by the sheriff's Criminal Investigations Bureau and the State Attorney's Office.


Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.),



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