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Biggest heroin bust nets 70 kilos; 2 men held on drug charges

The evidence seems to be mounting that the use of heroin is growing by epidemic proportions in New York City. That warning has been repeated by numerous drug enforcement officials recently. But actual proof of the extent of the problem was allegedly revealed by DEA officials and others on May 17 with the arrest and filing of drug charges against two men after a year-long investigation in the Bronx. Authorities seized 70 kilograms of heroin with a purported street value of $50 million.

State Police arrest some Mysteryland attendees on drug charges

The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival took place in 1969 on the famous property known as Max Yasgur's farm, which was part of the rolling hillsides of the Hudson Valley. Almost 46 years later, the same farmland is now known as the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Over this past Memorial Day weekend, a festival called Mysteryland USA brought a new generation of music lovers to the grounds. The crowd was much smaller than in 1969; the weather was too cold for many to camp out, and some of the revelers ended up with felony drug charges lodged against them by the New York State Police.

21 nabbed on drug charges connected to lost "quality of life"

Drug dragnets are a good public relations tool for local law enforcement authorities, but whether they bring about a lasting reduction in drug trafficking activities in the particular locality is highly questionable due to decades of experience indicating just the opposite. Recently, a drug sweep by New York authorities resulted in 21 arrests on drug charges in the Tompkins County area. Several state agencies joined with the Tompkins County Sheriff's office in conducting the investigation and the sweep.

Feds charge doctor with improper handling of prescription drugs

The writing of improper prescription drugs, for any purpose other than legitimate medical treatment, is a felony in New York state and under federal law. That is a rule with which a 36-year-old doctor from Amherst will surely become familiar as he faces prosecution by federal authorities on charges of the unlawful distribution of controlled substances in the form of prescription drugs and conspiracy to commit a drug felony. In fact, he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the felony drug charges.

22 arrested on 159 drug charges in capital region drug sweep

Authorities rounded up 22 persons recently in the Albany area and charged them with over 150 drug counts. The defendants, who range in age from 16 to 45, face drug charges connected to the activities of a drug ring that allegedly sold cocaine and heroin in Albany County and several nearby counties. The sweep was coordinated by the New York Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF).       

Man accused of hindering prosecution of fugitive on drug charges

Accessories in the criminal law are accused of aiding someone in the commission of a crime but only before or after the crime was committed. A criminal defendant can be accused  of being an accessory to drug charges. This was illustrated by the recent arrest by New York State Police of a man for the felony of hindering the prosecution of another man who was being sought on a felony drug possession charge.

Man arrested on drug charges after Suffolk County traffic stop

It is always important for defense counsel in New York to investigate closely the procedures used by police in making drug and contraband arrests in the aftermath of routine traffic stops. State and federal constitutional principles regarding search and seizure are important in that context. There may actually be little chance of finding and proving police irregularities in many traffic stop cases involving drug charges. However, the inquiry should nonetheless be made because there are always at least a small percentage of cases  that are dismissed due to poor or improper police procedures.

2 found in parked car arrested on numerous drug charges

New York State Police on Feb. 20 arrested two Broome County residents who were found in a parked car that police allege contained a number of drugs and paraphernalia. The car was parked suspiciously in a lot in Johnson City, according to a state police spokesperson. A trooper stopped to investigate the parked vehicle, which led to numerous drug charges against the man and woman found in the vehicle.  

Drug sweep nets over 80 arrests and multiple drug charges

In New York state as well as elsewhere, drug sweeps are generally good for increasing public relations between the community and the police departments involved. However, whether they have an impact on the volume of drug operations is usually difficult to measure. Furthermore, there has generally been no evidence offered that the demand for drugs goes down in the aftermath of mass sweeps resulting in hundreds of drug charges and dozens of arrests. That fact begs the question whether the raids are worth the substantial public resources invested, both in terms of the burgeoning costs of law enforcement and the drain on court operations.

Drug charges filed against former coach after traffic stop

Drug charges arising from traffic stops always warrant some degree of extra scrutiny by criminal defense counsel. The stop must be for a legitimate traffic violation, and must not be a manufactured, pretextual event. The stop must be conducted for the limited purpose of ticketing the driver for the traffic violation. Turning a limited traffic stop into drug charges in New York or any other state can constitute a violation of Fourth Amendment rights.

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