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Police file drug charges against 3 for allegedly making meth

When police enter someone's residence with a valid arrest warrant, they may make a limited search based on what they see in plain view. The New York State Police arrested two men and a woman on drug charges recently when they went to a residence in Plattsburgh to attempt to find an individual who was the subject of an existing arrest warrant. Police entered the premises and while there allegedly found needles, Sudafed, ammonium nitrate and other precursors to methamphetamine on a table.

They charged the occupants with unlawful meth manufacture, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, and several counts of possession of a controlled substance. When illegal contraband is found is plain view that will justify a more extended search. It is not known precisely where the precursor items were other than the allegation by police that they were "on a table."

Drug charges on the increase after more heroin overdoses

There has been an increase in large-quantity heroin busts in New York. These include huge heroin seizures by the task force in New York City and also a number of busts on the upstate highways, all leading to drug charges. Part of the reason for the upswing in arrests is due to the growth recently in the numbers of deaths from heroin overdoses in the Lower Hudson Valley.

According to the DEA, seizures of heroin have almost quadrupled since 1996. Additionally, the federal government has designated Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties as High Intensity Drug Traffic Areas. Despite the continuing efforts to wage the war on drugs, enforcement activities do not appear to curtail to any degree the continuing increase in the use and dissemination of heroin.

Popular teacher arrested for sex offenses and other charges

A clever mobile phone app allows people to send a photo that disappears on the recipient's unit after a few seconds. It's apparently a favored method to send nude or other insensitive pictures without proof that it was done. However, one young woman this past June disrupted that popular image. She took a screen picture to preserve the photo, and in the aftermath of an ensuing investigation, the 44-year-old New York teacher who sent it is now under arrest on 36 criminal charges, including a number of sex offenses.

The man taught physics, math and aerospace at Brooklyn Tech, a high school with some 5,400 students. The students who knew him the best apparently revered him as a special teacher, who spoke on their level, wore jeans, gave them cigarettes, listened to them in confidence. Dozens of students stated their admiration for the teacher and disavowed knowing about any alleged wrongdoing.  He had brought in a flight simulator and taught students how to use it.

New York man charged with drunk driving after fatal accident

It does not matter how safe of a driver a person is or how clear their driving record may be, there are often circumstances that are difficult to compensate for. For example, driving in the dark in the early morning hours could reduce a person's visibility, resulting in an accident. Although the cause of an accident in New York is unclear at this time, the driver has already been charged with drunk driving.

The accident occurred just before 6 a.m. one morning in early October. Police say that the 27-year-old driver of a sedan lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree. Some sources suggest there is a stop sign nearby that the driver could have missed.

Police charge criminal offense for alleged hawking of iPhone

Is it illegal to buy Apple cell phones from an authorized Apple retailer and then turn around and sell them for a modest profit? The New York Police Department thinks so. The NYPD arrested a woman who stood in line for days with her husband to buy 12 cell phones at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. The police arrested her for the criminal offense of operating as an unlicensed vendor, when she allegedly tried to sell one of her phones to an undercover police agent.

 The 51-year-old suspect claims that the undercover cop approached her and asked for a phone, which she refused to sell. She says that the phones were all purchased for gifts or for family members who will reimburse her. The couple apparently paid between $700 and $800 for the phones. Police say they saw her trying to sell a phone for $850 prior to approaching the officer to sell him one.

Suspect charged with sex offenses, second man still sought

Cases of street rape are sometimes difficult for the authorities to prove due to the well-known issues of witness misidentification that may arise in some circumstances. With respect to the recent grisly story of a New York woman being raped by two successive attackers in Brooklyn on Aug. 31, one of the rapists has allegedly been identified and arrested for sex offenses. Authorities arrested the 17-year-old male on charges of sexual assault, robbery, and weapons offenses.

The incident is emotionally-charged due to the horrific attack on the victim, who endured two separate rapes a few minutes apart by attackers who appear to have been working together. They allegedly told her in advance what they were going to do, saying it in similar terminology. The attacks took place at 5 a.m. in Clinton Hill as the 31-year-old female was walking home from a local night spot.

New York narcotics investigator arrested on felony charges

In New York, as well as other states, it's not unusual for public officials, including police officers, to be arrested and convicted of criminal violations. Depending on the severity of the violations, an official or member of the police force may lose his or her position, and in some instances a term of imprisonment may be imposed. When a police officer is arrested on felony charges, it may be particularly challenging for criminal defense counsel to defend the accused.

On Sept. 12, a New York State narcotics investigator was arrested on one or more felony charges after scuffling with an acquaintance over possession of his gun after leaving a bar on the upper West Side. Reports don't indicate why the acquaintance took the defendant's 40-caliber semiautomatic firearm. After he took it, the defendant reportedly tried to take it back, which initiated a struggle. During the struggle, the gun went off, striking two bystanders, a 42-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman.

Dead actor's friend gets probation for drug possession charge

In New York and elsewhere, special circumstances in a criminal case can sometimes allow for an agreement with the prosecution that is much better for the defendant than the charges and potential prison sentence would indicate. It usually takes the focused efforts of an experienced defense counsel to achieve that kind of favorable outcome. It appears that such an outcome was achieved on behalf of a jazz musician friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman in a recent guilty plea to a low-level drug possession charge by the man.

The defendant, a 58-year-old musician who sold Hoffman heroin in the past, was charged with various felony drug charges after police raided his apartment in the aftermath of Hoffman's suicide. The authorities allegedly found 300 bags of heroin in his apartment. In Court, the man entered a guilty plea to one reduced charge in return for a sentence of five years' probation, 25 days of community service, and entering a drug treatment program.

Police: masseuse offering extra services guilty of sex offenses

Massage parlors are often a natural target for undercover authorities looking to make a bust for illicit sexual activities. In New York and elsewhere, oriental massages are advertised and marketed with images of attractive masseuses and relaxing reveries for the customer. Sometimes it's not easy to distinguish whether the services advertised are strictly legitimate or whether they may potentially cross the line into becoming criminal sex offenses.

The main criminal offenses charged in connection with massage parlor arrests are prostitution and related crimes. Additionally, in New York and most places, a massage therapist needs a license to administer treatments. It is common for the authorities to arrest anyone advertising and giving massages who is not licensed.

How could a DUI affect my future employment in New York?

Those who face DUI charges here in New York likely know the seriousness of their situation. What many people may not be aware of is that a DUI conviction -- or even just a charge -- can affect other facets of their lives as well. For instance, many employers will conduct a background check as part of a precursor to employment. A drunk driving offense on one’s record has the potential to affect that, but knowing precisely how that happens may help those who are affected.

Employers have varied reasons to conduct background checks before hiring an employee. These checks can include records regarding driving, criminal charges, convictions, court reports, incarceration and others. The prevalence of the internet in today’s world makes it even easier for employers to quickly check the history of anyone they choose, thanks to social media and online records.