Being accused of a drug crime is no laughing matter. Accusations of drug offenses can lead to an arrest or even a conviction that will cause the accused face the possibility of incarceration, fines and a criminal record.
Drug crimes can range from possession to trafficking to manufacturing. Each type of offense comes with its own set of consequences, often depending on the type of controlled substance at issue. That being said, it is important that people accused of such crimes understand the charges they face and how they can defend themselves against such accusations.
A 25-year-old man from the New York town of New Lisbon has been taken into custody, and he now faces certain drug charges, according to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office. A sheriff's department spokeman said that a tip came in back in December regarding activity commonly associated with drug trafficking. This activity was allegedly occurring near the man's residence. Because the individual was on parole, Cooperstown probation officers and Utica parole officers worked alongside sheriff's department investigators on the case.
According to police, a drug ringleader and 10 members of the organization are now in custody. The alleged kingpin previously served 20 years in prison after he was convicted of drug charges in 1986. Police went to the Yonkers home of the 59-year-old suspected drug lord on Jan. 16 and took him into custody. He faces multiple charges that include conspiracy and several drug-related charges.
After spending nine months investigating, state and local police made a number of drug raids in the early morning hours in Hudson. Reports said that the Hudson Police Department was working with the New York State Police and the Catskill Police Department and that the raids took place all across the city and in Catskill.
A 20-year-old New York man has been arrested following an Oct. 22 traffic stop in Montgomery County. Authorities claim to have discovered 3.6 grams of marijuana and 0.3 grams of ecstasy in his vehicle, for which he received numerous drug charges including unlawful possession of marijuana and misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Police in Poughkeepsie arrested five men after coming to a Days Inn on Haight Avenue to investigate a large volume of people going in and out of one of the rooms. Police say that upon arrival, they discovered $2,700, a pair of handguns and 648 individual bags of heroin. As a result, three men from Poughkeepsie, a man from the City of Newburgh and a man from North Carolina now face drug charges.
After a 4-month investigation, the Westchester County Narcotics Unit arrested a 33-year old man and a 35-year old man, both from the Bronx, for allegedly selling cocaine to undercover officers and possessing drugs with the intent to sell them. Both drug charges are felonies.
According to recently released federal data, African Americans were more than four times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession in 2010. This disparity is particularly disturbing because research indicates that whites and blacks use the drug at similar rates.
One New York County recently arrested 19 individuals for what it reported as drug-related charges. It is also anticipated that others will be arrested soon as well.