New Yorkers are not strangers to some of its residents facing drug charges, and recently police in Norwich made felony drug charges against three individuals. They each face an additional misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
The incident in question occurred Oct. 15 when the Norwich Police Department, along with deputies from the Chenango County Sheriff's Office, went to two North Broad Street residences to execute search warrants. During the searches, police claim to have discovered crack cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, and what police vaguely termed "other property."
Authorities have charged a 41-year-old woman and 20-year-old man each with one count of fourth-degree conspiracy and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all of which are felony charges. The police also accused the woman of first-degree criminal nuisance, which is also a felony. Another man, 25 years old and from Mount Vernon, was charged with two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The suspects were taken to the city jail, and police offered the standard claim that more charges may be filed. In addition to those taken to jail, three other people were also charged on lesser offenses and released on appearance tickets.
It is of the utmost importance that New York residents who find themselves facing drug charges know their rights. For example, in cases like this one that involve search warrants, there may be aspects of the investigation or the arrest that could result in reduced charges. Anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty and has the right to a strong defense. Keep in mind, too, that police officers do make mistakes, and though further details of the investigation in question remain to be seen, faulty decisions on the part of the police could have great bearing on any case such as this one.
Source: pressconnects.com, "Three filed with felony drug charges in Norwich," Debbie Swartz, Oct. 16, 2011