On Sunday, Nov. 1, New York State troopers arrested a man on charges of unlicensed driving and possession of marijuana. The New York man, aged 30, was pulled over by troopers in Columbia County just prior to 6 p.m. Initially, troopers pull him over because they noticed that his vehicle did not have a valid inspection sticker; however, they later decided to charge him with a drug crime.
Just because an individual is arrested on federal drug crime charges does not mean that he or she is guilty of the allegations. Moreover, it is not unheard of for an individual to be convicted of a drug crime that he or she never even committed. In rare cases, corrupt law enforcement officers have even been known to plant evidence inside a suspect's vehicle, just so they can strengthen their case against the person.
Bernhard Goetz, a 65-year-old man who is famous for his involvement in a 1984 murder trial was recently arrested on drug charges. The man was arrested with regard to the drug charges at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, after allegedly sold pot to an undercover policeman. The alleged crime took place just outside the man's New York City apartment building.
A man that police suspect was involved in an online illegal drug marketplace was arrested in California on the first of this month but will be moved to New York for his trial. New York police have charged him with numerous infractions relating to drug charges as well as other crimes. When he arrives at New York, he may be able to argue for release on bail; however, it is not specified how much his bail would be.
There are numerous television shows about various forms of crime that have become very popular and earned various awards. One aspect that these shows all have in common is the grandiose nature of the crimes; the crimes seem nearly impossible to pull off, and the characters always seem to be able to uncannily evade the police. However, in reality, the police arrested a woman whose alleged crimes were very similar to those of a woman on a popular television show. The New York woman has taken a plea deal and plead guilty to drug charges.
Many times the police will pull a vehicle over for breaking traffic laws, however the stop could lead to additional charges if the officer ends up searching the vehicle. One driver found this out when he was recently pulled over by a New York State Police officer for failing to move over for an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. However, when the officer pulled the vehicle over, the officer discovered illegal substances which led to drug charges.
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.