A man was recently arrested at New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport for carrying a stun gun, a weapon that is illegal in New York and the mere possession of which is a crime under New York law. The man was arrested after Transportation Security Administration agents discovered a stun gun pen in the man's luggage and reported it to Port Authority police. According to the TSA, the man was travelling from the United States to Korea. There were no reports of any of the airport's routine activity being disrupted by the man's arrest.
Police set up surveillance in a New York neighborhood after residents complained about alleged drug activity in the area. During surveillance, a 46-year-old man was observed acting suspiciously, though no details were released as to what the man was doing that police found suspicious or whether he was in the house the police had under surveillance. Police interviewed and searched the man, but provided no details to explain the basis for searching him. Nevertheless, police say they found an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine on the man and that he purportedly resisted when they moved to place him under arrest for drug charges.
Drug charges in New York are serious business. Many communities have established drug task forces, such as the Dutchess County Drug Task Force (DCDTF), to deal with the problem of the sale and use of illegal drugs. There is little doubt that drugs contribute to crime and are the cause of many automobile and other accidents. While the moniker "drug task force" is impressive, it is simply a police agency focusing on a perceived problem. A member of a task force is subject to the same rules and procedures that govern the conduct of all police officers investigating and processing drug charges in our state.