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.
Standing before a U. S. District Judge, the 51-year-old Dansville man offered a guilty plea for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. According to an Assistant U. S. Attorney, federal and state investigators accused the man of acquiring 29 grams of methamphetamine, 200 grams of cocaine and 500 grams of marijuana from another source in Rochester. Prosecutors alleged that the Dansville man then distributed the drugs.
The man's sentencing date is set for Feb. 10. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million, or a combination of both. The defendant is one of 11 individuals involved in the alleged drug ring. The other accused parties have already been convicted.
While the federal charges against this individual are very serious, it is important not to forget that everyone charged with drug crimes in New York is innocent until proven guilty. In a case such as this one, there can be other factors that reduce the harshness of the possible penalties. For instance, certain details of an investigation or an arrest can result in reduced charges. And we should also keep in mind that not everyone accused of drug crimes is guilty. One option for anyone faced with this kind of charge is to quickly seek experienced legal counsel, as individuals should always be aware of their rights when trying to navigate a complex legal system. In what can certainly seem like an overwhelming situation, it is important to consider all options to achieve the best possible outcome for defendants.
Source: The-Leader.com, "Dansville man pleads guilty for role in drug ring," Oct. 31, 2011