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.
All three occupants of the car were arraigned and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. The 24-year-old man has been charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The 27-year-old male was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The 24-year-old female has been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Drug charges can carry serious repercussions. Anyone in New York who is facing charges of illegal possession of controlled substances or drug charges of any type will likely benefit by seeking the legal representation of a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer with experience in similar cases will advocate vigorously for the client, building the strongest case to present relevant facts in the best possible light for the best possible outcome.
Source: leaderherald.com, "Amsterdam police arrest 3 on drug charges", Kerry Minor, Jan. 7, 2017