Being charged with a drug crime in New York should not be taken lightly. Whether the charges are for mere possession of a small quantity of drugs or for more serious crimes such as drug manufacturing and trafficking, a conviction for a drug crime can have lifelong consequences in the form of a permanent criminal record.
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 in New City, New York, are taken seriously. They can range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the type of drug activity suspected, as well as the alleged drugs confiscated. Therefore, it is important for those accused of drug offenses to fight the charges against them.
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.
When doctors in New York take the Hippocratic Oath, they swear to protect and serve patients honestly and without harm. However, one physician has found himself being accused of breaking that oath by allegedly prescribing addictive pain medication to those who did not need it.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was scheduled to testify before the U.S. Sentencing Commission that the federal mandatory minimum prison sentence for certain drug-related offenses should be reduced. In particular, he is endorsing a move to reduce the sentence for federally convicted drug dealers in New York and nationwide by one year, from 62 months to 51 months. His prepared remarks, which were released to the press ahead of his scheduled appearance before the commission, argue that the justice system's overreliance on incarceration for drug offenses is unsustainable and should be curtailed. His statement also argues that the high rates of incarceration have high moral costs that cannot be calculated.
A recent New York police raid has resulted in felony drug charges for three Sullivan County residents. On March 5, police raided a home in Glen Spey. Police allegedly found large quantities of oxycodone, crack cocaine and heroin. Eight people were taken into custody following the drug raid. Three individuals, a 35-year-old man, a 43-year-old woman and a 50-year-old woman, were charged with felonies.
A sting conducted by the Nassau County Narcotics/Vice Bureau and Bureau of Special Operations CIRRT unit caught a suspected drug dealer and three buyers. A 51-year-old man is suspected of selling drugs to three individuals from his 1998 BMW and cocaine drug possession. The four individuals were taken into custody.
On Jan. 28, two top law enforcement officials made an announcement that two major drug rings had been taken down, and 40 individuals had been indicted. Police conducted two separate investigations, one called Operation TGIF and the other Operation Lockport. Police seized equipment allegedly used in the transport of cocaine, a cache of prescription painkillers, three rifles, $60,000 in cash and $100,000 worth of cocaine in Operation Lockport. All together, 25 people were indicted in connection with the operation.