On Nov. 16, two upstate New York men were arrested in Buffalo on suspicion of committing drug crimes. Local sheriff's narcotic detectives, state police, and Buffalo police arrested the alleged traffickers during a raid at their home. Unfortunately, one of the men is already facing trial for earlier drug charges.
In a recent and tragic case, a New York woman was acquitted of murdering her abusive husband but sentenced to five years in prison on a gun possession charge. Her criminal defense attorney called the decision "disheartening." "I think it is a horrific message, the sentence in this case of five years, a horrific message for battered women," said the attorney.
New York residents accused of DWI often want to put the whole ordeal behind them as quickly as possible. After all, conviction of drunk driving is serious and can result in stiff fines, loss of license, and even jail time. And when a DWI charge also involves an accident in which there are fatalities, the stakes get even higher.
A drug arrest is a serious situation, and last week, felony drug charges against a Syracuse University football player were dropped. Syracuse police stopped the young man and his brother in late July for allegedly running a red light. Reportedly, the officers found an open container of alcohol, several bags of marijuana, a bag of pain relief pills, and several digital scales in the car.
Federal drug charges in New York are a very serious matter, carrying potentially harsher consequence than state drug charges. Those faced with federal charges have usually been under investigation for some time, and that seems to be the case with a New York man who recently pled guilty in federal court for his part in a drug distribution ring.