Over 20 people were named as defendants in a criminal indictment unsealed recently in Onondaga County. Based upon an undercover drug investigation known as 'Extreme Delivery," the drug charges target an alleged trafficking operation in Central New York. Among the named defendants, 11 Syracuse area individuals have reportedly been arrested.
Saratoga Springs police say that there is a drug ring inundating their New York town with cocaine and heroin. As part of an ongoing investigation, police have arrested two men they believe are part of this suspected drug ring. If the men are convicted of the drug charges filed against them, they could spend significant time in prison.
Many states are changing the way they prosecute minor drug charges. In a move that may have a long term impact statewide, the mayor of New York City has changed citywide policy regarding marijuana possession offenses. Traditionally, people arrested for marijuana possession and other drug charges could be kept overnight in jail. Going forward, they will not be if they only have a small amount in their possession.
There has been an increased effort on the part of law enforcement to pursue drug charges in New York State. An acting police chief in one area described an investment of resources in pursuing defendants who deal drugs. Each defendant in every case, however, is entitled to a good defense against any drug charges, and the prosecution must prove its case in order to secure a conviction. A fair trial is especially important in cases where long sentences may result from a guilty plea or conviction.
Cases with multiple defendants have additional complications. At times there are advantages to the charges being handled together. At other times, though, the defendants may have conflicting interests that may call for different handling of the matter. Insight into the potential complications of the legal system is extremely important in such cases, including some drug charges.
Drugs are often viewed as a problem that resides primarily in urban environments. Often, families who reside in more suburban or rural environments might feel that they don't have to worry about drugs in their areas. A recent police sweep that led to drug charges for at least 12 people in smaller cities and communities in northern New York serves as a significant reminder that drug problems and the resulting charges can be a problem anywhere.
When an operation as large as a drug trafficking ring is uncovered in New York City, there are many individuals who can be suspected to be involved. These investigations involve a lot of information that may not be clear, and can sometimes tie individuals to a crime in which they were not involved. Drug charges are serious charges, understandably, but those accused are due the same fairness in trial as any individual.
A former New York resident is back in the state again, this time to face federal criminal charges after allegedly being connected to a drug distribution ring operating within the state. The drug charges involve allegations that he led a drug distribution ring that purportedly distributed steroids, oxycodone, and cocaine. At his arraignment hearing before a U.S. District Court judge in New York, he was ordered to be held without bail after the judge claimed he poses an imminent danger to the community.
Recently, 24 people were apprehended for apparent connections to a western New York drug ring that has trafficked drugs throughout most of the state. The individuals arrested on drug charges are all said to have participated in the distribution of illegal substances and are set to be prosecuted using evidence that includes several kilograms of cocaine, as well as $58,000 of seized funds.
Six New York residents have been charged with collaborating in order to maintain a prescription drug operation with the intent to distribute the drugs throughout the country. Making matters seem even worse, authorities say the drug ring was using one member's apartment, which doubled as a day care center, as a storage site for many of the drugs. Federal prosecutors indicate that they will pursue these drug charges, because the health and safety of young children was reportedly at risk.