Tallahassee attorney Lance Block arrested on drug charge

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Published: Jun. 3, 2016 at 6:59 AM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

June 3, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Local attorney Lance Block was arrested this week after police say he purchased cocaine from an undercover officer.

Block was arrested by Florida State University police Wednesday after he allegedly tried to purchase cocaine from an undercover officer at the Ocala Corners shopping center on Ocala Road.

Police say Block had agreed to purchase 10 grams of cocaine for $800 in a vehicle used by the undercover officer.

Officers say he was taken into custody as he exited the vehicle after completing the transaction and was booked into the Leon County Jail.

The cocaine was provided from from a closed case, according to FSUPD.

He's charged with one count of purchasing cocaine.

Block heads up the Lance Block Law Firm in Tallahassee.

He represented the family of Rachel Hoffman in their case against the the City of Tallahassee. Hoffman was killed while serving as an informant for the Tallahassee Police Department.

The case settled for $2.6 million in 2012.

Block's website bio says that he successfully lobbied for "Rachel's Law" which he describes as legislation "designed to protect civilians who assist law enforcement as confidential informants or perform undercover tasks."

He was also appointed by the Florida Democrat Party as lead attorney in the 2000 Presidential Election ballot recount in Palm Beach County, according to his website.

According to court documents, Block has retained former circuit judge Jackie Fulford as legal representation.

Block bonded out of jail for $10,000 Wednesday.

He pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday.