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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently, police have charged a Long Island doctor with drug distribution for allegedly selling oxycodone without a valid prescription. The man was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance after police allegedly observed him sell oxycodone to two different patients. Police allege that the drug trafficking occurred between November 2012 and March 2013, and that the man charged $250 or more for the oxycodone prescriptions, which he gave without a medical examination or documentation in violation of the law. According to law enforcement, the doctor made approximately $1.5 million in profits from oxycodone prescriptions over a period of two years. The doctor's operation came to the attention of police when one of his patients was arrested, and undercover police officers bought prescriptions disguised as patients. If convicted, the doctor faces up to 15 years in prison.
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, two corrections officers with Riker's Island prison in New York City were arrested and charged with dealing illegal drugs to inmates. The guards, both 31 years old, were arrested and charged with drug trafficking by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials after they were allegedly observed dealing drugs to inmates. The two men were also accused of smuggling scalpels to prisoners for use as weapons. According to law enforcement, the guards ordered drugs for the inmates through an intermediary, usually a wife or a girlfriend of the inmate. Over 30 correctional officers have been arrested in connection with drug trafficking over the past decade. Both officers in this case face a sentence of up to ten years in prison.
A 24-year-old man from the Bronx was recently arrested for selling crack cocaine to police informants on two occasions in Glen Falls, New York. The man is alleged to have sold over 100 pieces of crack cocaine to the informants on two separate occasions. The man was charged with two counts each of drug possession and possession with the intent to sell. Police believe the man had come to Glen Falls for the specific purpose of selling drugs, and he had been in the area for approximately four to six weeks. The man's arrest came as the result of a police investigation into drug activity at a local home, and a woman who lives at the home is currently under investigation for her alleged role.
Recently, police in Peekskill, New York, arrested and charged three people with drug-related offenses in three separate incidents. In the first incident, a 28-year-old woman allegedly sold phencyclidine drugs to undercover police officers, and was charged with felony drug possession and possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested after a police investigation lasting a year-and-a-half. The second arrest was that of a 24-year-old man who was found during the execution of an unrelated police arrest warrant. Police uncovered a semi-automatic handgun during his arrest, and the man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, as well as the possession and sale of hallucinogenic drugs. The final arrest was that of a 42-year-old woman, and it came after a year-long police investigation into the sale of heroin. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance.