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 another state recently arrested a 43-year old parolee from Yonkers, New York for drug charges and for assaulting a police officer. Police observed the man was as he walked along a road without a flashlight, about to be struck by a passing car. The officer attempted to talk to the man in the parking lot of a local gas station, but he hit the officer in the face, tried to steal his radio, and took off running.
Recently, former child actress Amanda Bynes vigorously denied drug charges filed against her by the New York Police Department, and denied reports that she had thrown a bong out of her luxury apartment building in New York City. Bynes was charged with drug possession, tampering with evidence and reckless endangerment. The police had been called to her apartment after she had been observed by a building employee allegedly rolling, lighting and smoking a marijuana joint in the building's lobby. Police observed heavy smoke and a bong allegedly sitting in a window, which police say Bynes tossed out in front of them.