Recently, police in New Springville, New York, recovered a .38 caliber revolver, illegal drugs, and measuring equipment used for the sale and manufacture of drugs during a police raid on a local home. Police arrested three people, a 28-year old woman, a 22-year old woman, and a man.
Police in Riverhead are searching for two men that allegedly fired shots at a local home and attempted to break into it. This potentially violent crime was reported to the police by the house's residents, which included two adults, a 15 year-old boy, a twelve-year old boy, and a five-year old girl. They reported that an armed man had broken into the home. Police officers later observed shell casings near the home, and the residents stated that the two men fled on foot before the police arrived. The perpetrators were described as two black men wearing masks who were allegedly armed with an undescribed type of gun. No injuries were reported from the incident, and police are still attempting to apprehend the perpetrators.
Recently, law enforcement officials in New York have accused street gangs in New York City of using new tactics in concealing the ownership of weapons to evade detection. They are reportedly using "community guns," where the gang members do not actually own the weapon but have access to it to commit violent crimes.
Police in New York City recently arrested a 35-year-old Queens man for allegedly pulling out a gun while in line to get gas. The alleged violent crime occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which prevented the delivery of fuel to the affected area, leading to gas shortages. The man had allegedly tried to cut in line and pointed a gun at another motorist who had complained about his behavior. Authorities arrested the man and charged him with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
Recently, DJ Paul, a member of the rap group Three 6 Mafia, was arrested after leaving a New York restaurant and charged with weapons possession and public drinking. The rapper was arrested when spotted by New York police drinking an open container of beer after leaving a local restaurant, and a search of his person turned up a taser gun. DJ Paul claimed to carry the taser gun for personal protection. He was released after pleading not guilty to the charges, and is due back in court in December.
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.
A 23-year-old man from New York was recently arrested in a neighboring state and charged with weapons possession following a routine traffic stop. The police pulled the man over along, and he was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after they discovered a silver pistol marked "9mm" in the car.
In the aftermath of the recent high-profile shootings, a series of five bills introduced in the New York State Senate would make New York into the state with the toughest gun control laws in the country. The new laws are intended as a response to the recent uptick in violent crimes.
Recently, over fifteen people in central New York were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States. The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to smuggle millions of dollars' worth of cocaine into the country. The conspiracy was detected by law enforcement using wiretaps on the defendants' phones, although it is unclear whether or not the wiretaps were supported by a warrant or by probable cause.
With every crime comes a penalty. One's punishment will depend on the severity of their offense. When an individual commits a violent crime, unfortunately, it is likely their penalty will be harsh.