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Two New York teens arrested on charges of cocaine possession

Drug possession, while a non-violent crime, can still carry lifelong repercussions if a defendant is found guilty. Sentencing varies greatly but can include jail or prison time ranging from a few days or weeks to upwards of 10 years. The two New York teens who were arrested for alleged cocaine possession will undoubtedly want to hire the best criminal defense possible in an attempt to combat the charges they are now facing.

The youths, aged 18 and 19 years, were arrested early on the morning of Monday, Feb. 20 following a traffic stop. Police claim that the vehicle in which the two young men were traveling failed to dim its lights while driving into oncoming traffic. During the ensuing stop, deputies claim they discovered that both of the vehicle's occupants were in possession of cocaine.

New York woman's alleged failure to dim lights led to DWI charges

A New York woman was arrested on the evening of Jan. 27 on accusations that she was driving while intoxicated. Police reports indicate that she was initially pulled over when she allegedly failed to dim her headlights. She is now facing DWI charges.

Police say they pulled the woman over when she did not dim her high beams as she was approaching another vehicle. The officer's report states that her speech was slurred, her eyes bloodshot and glassy, and her breath had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. When standardized field sobriety tests were administered, she reportedly performed poorly.

New York man arrested for drug possession of GHB, meth, steroids

A New York man and two others were arrested on Jan. 12 after the man's apartment was raided by police. The 37-year-old has been accused of selling GHB, steroids and methamphetamines from his luxury apartment. He and the other two men are now facing charges of drug possession.

During the raid, police officers reportedly discovered packaging materials used for drug distribution and a scale in addition to the drugs. All of the individuals have been charged with multiple counts of drug possession. Officials say the suspected drug dealer is being held on a $3,000 bail.

DWI accusations after New York man almost hits Walmart

A man came to the attention of New York State Police after he allegedly almost ran into the side of a Walmart on the evening of Jan. 23. Officials report the man's blood alcohol content was .32 percent. He was arrested for DWI.

The defendant, a 23-year-old, purportedly stopped his vehicle right before hitting the side of a Walmart located at Consumer Square in Plattsburgh. Witnesses called the police after allegedly observing his erratic driving throughout the surrounding area. In a media release, it was reported that an open container of malt liquor and an open bottle of gin were discovered in the man's vehicle by police.

2 New York men facing felony charges for fake IDs, debit cards

Two New York men were arrested on Jan. 18 after allegedly being caught by police with fake bank debit cards and forged driver's licenses. The men are now facing a number of felony charges for these and other accusations. They are currently being held in the Westchester County Jail.

The men were arrested when police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot that Wednesday afternoon at approximately 2:45. In addition to the fake debit cards and IDs, the 30-year-old driver was also allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle has been charged with a violation for unlawful possession of marijuana and a total of four felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. The other occupant of the car, a 33-year-old man, is facing two felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument

New York residents facing drug charges following traffic stop

Police arrested three people in the New York city of Amsterdam when narcotics and cash were reportedly discovered hidden inside the vehicle. What began as a stop for a traffic violation turned into something far more serious as officers interviewed the driver and passengers. All three of the vehicle occupants are now facing drug charges.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, police report they stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation but quickly determined that one of the car's occupants had sold drugs within the city and was wanted by police for his involvement in an ongoing drug investigation. Detectives obtained a search warrant for both the vehicle and for the residence of two of the occupants. Inside the car, a hidden compartment was allegedly discovered, containing what police describe as a "substantial amount" of heroin and cocaine. Additionally, the compartment reportedly held $13,000 cash. More money – believe by detectives to have been obtained illegally – was apparently seized at the residence.

New York man buys up all papers carrying stories of his DWI

People are often justifiably concerned that an accusation of driving under the influence will have a negative effect on their lives. One such mistake can, unfortunately, end up having far-reaching consequences if steps aren't taken to mitigate the damage as quickly as possible. In fact, one New York man was so concerned about his DWI charges that he apparently attempted to purchase all copies of the newspaper edition that ran a story about the arrest.

At approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, the man was arrested after his vehicle had reportedly been swerving all over the road. After he came to a stop along the shoulder of roadway in upstate New York, police approached the man and administered a roadside sobriety test. The officers claim that he failed. After supposedly refusing a roadside pre-screen breath test, the man was taken to the State Police barracks.

New York antiquities dealer Nancy Weiner facing felony charges

Nancy Wiener, a prominent New York antiquities dealer, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 18 on accusations of trafficking in illegal and stolen antiquities. She is now facing felony charges of criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Authorities believe that she illegally sold millions of dollars' worth of stolen artifacts obtained from international looters and smuggled into the country.

Investigators spent months interviewing confidential informants and examining emails and documents. They say she, along with several co-conspirators, has been collaborating with international smugglers to traffic in illegal artifacts since at least 1999. The accused is believed to have created fraudulent documents to hide the unlawful history of the items.

Former New York high school star athlete facing drug charges

A former New York high school athlete was arrested on Dec. 18, along with the driver of the car in which he was a passenger. Police stopped the vehicle at around 6 p.m. that Saturday, and a search of the car is said to have turned up a variety of illegal substances. Both men are now facing drug charges.

The car, driven by a 24-year-old Schenectady man, was carrying the 25-year-old former Bishop Maginn basketball star while heading west on Route 7 when it was stopped by New York State Police troopers. According to a report, an officer smelled marijuana, which resulted in a search of the vehicle. Purportedly, approximately 1.9 grams of cocaine and several baggies of marijuana were discovered, along with other narcotics items.

Jocelyn Wildenstein arrested in New York on felony charges

Wealthy socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein was arrested in New York after a fight with her boyfriend early in the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 7. The woman, famously nicknamed "Catwoman" because of the plastic surgeries she has undergone over the years, allegedly attacked her boyfriend with scissors in their shared apartment. She is currently facing felony charges, among other accusations.

The 76-year-old Wildenstein – who originally told police she was 71 years old -- allegedly clawed her 49-year-old boyfriend's face during a fight before slashing his chest with scissors. She was, the man told police officers, so out of control that he was forced to push her into a closet and keep her there for his own protection to prevent further injury to himself until police arrived. The officers arrested the woman early in the morning on Wednesday at the New York apartment.