Florida State Attorney Employees Fired After Drug-Fueled Bachelorette Party

By McCarton Ackerman 02/08/17

During the infamous bachelorette party, the women admittedly partook in Adderall, cocaine and marijuana. 

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Several employees working for the Florida state attorney’s office in Orlando have been given the pink slip after taking part in a drug-fueled bachelorette party.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the six Orlando-based women, who referred to themselves as “The Squad,” were officially dismissed on Jan. 20 by Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala. An internal investigation was conducted and they were ultimately fired for “drug use or for seeing co-workers use drugs and ignoring it.”

The bachelorette party was for one of the six women, 27-year-old Shannon Solo, and took place last September in New Orleans. Alicia Virginio, Casey Perkins, Danielle Wall, Rachel Shaw and Barbara “Kathleen” Browne also flew out to the Big Easy for the trip. The women reportedly “snorted cocaine and Adderall” hidden inside a rubber ducky and “smoked marijuana out of a bong made from a Gatorade bottle.”

Solo owned up to using cocaine and Adderall on the trip, while Virginio admitted to investigators that she pitched in money to buy pot and “probably did take a puff.” But despite their admissions, none of the six women will be prosecuted due to a lack of evidence.

However, Solo is now a single woman after her fiancée dumped her due to her drug use. To make matters worse, her next relationship was with a drug agent who reported all six women after Solo told him about the wild party.

But they aren’t the only people involved in Florida politics to find themselves in a drug scandal. Barry Layne Moore, then-mayor of the town of Hampton, was arrested in November 2013 after selling oxycodone to an undercover officer. Despite being unable to perform his mayoral duties due to being jailed in lieu of $45,000 bail, he ignored calls to resign for several months before finally doing so in March 2014. A few months later in June, he was sentenced to five years in jail on drug possession and distribution charges.

In October 2013, Florida congressman Trey Radel was arrested after buying three grams of cocaine from an undercover officer, and charged with cocaine possession. He initially vowed to return to the House of Representatives after completing drug treatment, but formally resigned from office in January 2014. Radel has since returned to his old gig as a radio host with Fox 92.5 as of last September.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.