Each state has a unique set of laws when it comes to drugs and other prohibited substances. In New York, marijuana is considered an illegal drug and anyone who is caught carrying any amount could face drug charges.
Drug-related charges can severely alter the life of a White Plains, New York, resident. They can also affect people's perception of an accused person. An ordinary citizen can be perceived as a criminal. A New York man, who once received praise for defending himself against muggers, is now facing this blemish to his reputation because of drug charges.
Addiction can drive people to make terrible decisions that they probably would never otherwise even consider. Pawning school musical instruments to feed a heroin addiction is certainly one of those acts. Unfortunately, that is exactly what an upstate New York music teacher is accused of doing as she is now facing several drug charges.
Prohibited drugs such as cocaine, heroin and illegally obtained prescription drugs are known for their adverse effects on users. Because of this, law enforcement officials throughout New York State work hard to find those responsible for manufacturing, distributing and even using these drugs. Anyone caught selling or using drugs can be arrested on various drug charges that can have serious consequences if the person is convicted.
New York, as well as other states, does not tolerate illegal drug possession, manufacturing or distribution. Anyone accused of drug charges may face severe legal consequences, even if the infraction is a mere possession of a controlled substance.
The FBI recently announced it has arrested 11 individuals they claim are members of a Yonkers gang for alleged narcotics and weapons charges. According to an FBI press release, the 11 individuals are accused of being members of the Two Gunz Up gang from Riverdale Avenue. Authorities further allege a long-term investigation, spanning from 2006 to October 2013, discovered the individuals were conspiring to distribute, and possessing with intent to distribute, crack cocaine and marijuana. Eight of the 11 individuals who were arrested were also charged with possessing and discharging firearms.
One would hope that police will thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding an alleged criminal incident before making an arrest. Unfortunately, mistakes made by police can result in false accusations of a crime.
Charges of drug crimes and conspiracy are taken very seriously by prosecutors and can cost an individual their freedom. However, anyone accused of trafficking or smuggling drugs in New York has the constitutional right to defend their innocence from the state's accusations.
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.
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.