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Complaint about selling marijuana from store leads to 4 arrests

Recently, four New York men were arrested after a complaint was filed that an employee was selling marijuana at a convenience store, as well as from his apartment. After a search warrant was purportedly executed at the home, the four men were arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including third-degree criminal sale of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

One of the men also faces charges of second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, though the details of that particular charge were not disclosed. Another man is additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Those charges range from misdemeanors to felonies.

The two other men were also arrested at the apartment. One has been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. One young man was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. Authorities did not disclose the amount of drugs alleged to have been seized in any of the cases, nor were any of the supposed drug paraphernalia described.

Whether they are misdemeanors or felonies, all New York drug charges have to be taken seriously. If a strong enough and meaningful defense isn't mounted for these accused individuals, they could face jail time, probation and substantial fines. However, anyone accused of drug crimes must be presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in court. Mitigating factors in an arrest often result in a reduction or even dismissal of charges, and the purpose of a strong defense is to uncover and strategically present those mitigating factors.

Source: Gates Chili Post, "4 in Webster face drug charges related to marijuana," Linda Quinlan, Nov. 29, 2011

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