Recently, a U.S. federal prosecutor spoke at a symposium in New York and denied a proposed reform for the sentencing of white collar criminals. It was argued that current sentencing guidelines ensured tough but fair sentences and that any changes in the sentences of white collar crimes would need to be reviewed by the Justice Department.
Police in Brooklyn recently arrested five men as part of a drug ring that ceased operating for Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath day. According to law enforcement, the men apparently texted customers a warning that would stop dealing drugs around sundown Friday. The five men, who ranged in age from 25 to 38-years-old, sent out texts to over 50 people advertising the holiday shutdown and also advertising a particular brand of heroin. The men have been indicted for possession with intent to sell and for conspiracy. The men are accused of selling heroin, oxycontin, cocaine, and other drugs. They allegedly obtained over 23,000 oxycodone pills worth up to $460,000 using stolen prescription sheets and also were in possession of a sawed-off shotgun. The men are currently in prison awaiting bail.
An attorney running for town justice in Ossining, New York, was killed by a drunk driver while placing campaign signs along the side of the road. The attorney had previously served as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx and as a lieutenant colonel with the New York Guard. The driver, a 38-year-old woman, was arrested and charged with DUI after failing a field sobriety test. The woman was not injured in the incident and was driving on her way to work. The attorney was placing a campaign sign along the side of the road and was struck and killed when returning to his car. The woman is currently being held on $500,000 bond and is awaiting trial.
Out-of-state police recently arrested a 28-year old Buffalo man on multiple counts of drug possession after they noticed an occupied vehicle inside a private parking lot. A search of the man turned up about 44 grams of marijuana. Police then obtained a search warrant for the vehicle, which was a rental car that the man did not own. The police discovered 103 additional grams of marijuana, as well as 2 grams of crack cocaine, drug packaging materials, $1,022, and an allegedly stolen handgun. The man was arrested and charged on multiple counts of drug possession, as well as carrying a firearm without a license. An investigation determined that the man had a previous felony drug conviction in New York, and he is currently being held in lieu of $125,000 bail.