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Raid reportedly uncovers active meth lab, 3 charged

Three New York residents were facing drug charges after an Aug. 10 raid uncovered an alleged meth lab. The raid occurred at about 5 a.m. at a residence located in the 1700 block of Canal Road in Oneida.

During the raid, specially trained deputies reportedly discovered what was thought to be an active meth lab. One person was removed from this area of the home. About 9.33 ounces of meth was recovered from the home, which had an estimated street value of over $26,000. The road near the home was closed for several hours for safety purposes.

3 reasons why more men face drug charges than women

When you think about the typical drug offender, there are a number of variables that may be interchangeable, but the gender of your suspect is likely male. Indeed, statistics show that men face the most drug-related arrests and convictions. This is interesting given the fact that, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, two-thirds of federally incarcerated women are doing time for a drug offense.

Despite this, men still outnumber women dramatically when it comes to drug offenses. It is worth considering what underlying factors contribute to this problem. If you are facing charges, understanding the following facts and consulting with a legal representative may both be helpful. 

Neighbor complaints lead to drug raid

Multiple nuisance complaints from neighbors about a Jamestown apartment on Broadhead Avenue alerted police to the possibility of drug use activity. An investigation by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force along with observations by patrol officers supported the neighbors' suspicions. After gaining a search warrant for the property, the local police department along with the New York State Police CNET entered the residence.

Officers found a 35-year-old woman at the property. Authorities reported that she had 43.3 grams of methamphetamine in her possession along with a few pieces of drug paraphernalia, cash and some doses of Suboxone.

19 charged with drug offenses at 4-day festival

Nineteen people were taken into custody during a four-day New York music and art festival that took place between July 28 and July 31. During a conference held on Aug. 1, authorities said that they began putting an investigation into possible drug sales several weeks prior to the event taking place.

During the festival, a variety of different types of drugs were seized, including psychedelic mushrooms, MDMA, cocaine, ketamine and LSD in addition to marijuana and prescription pills. While there were no reports of overdoses, authorities said that it was concerning that some of the drugs were being sold in the form of lollipops and other treats that are generally popular with children.Those taken into custody had ages that ranged from 17 to 60. The majority of those facing charges came from Massachusetts, though some from as far away as California. Some of the charges ranged from misdemeanors while others were felony offenses.

Alleged key figure in drug trafficking network detained

On July 18, a 40-year-old New York man who was thought to be an important figure in a major heroin trafficking network was taken into custody. He was reportedly detained about two months after he was charged with 217 drug-related counts.

According to the New York State Attorney General's Office, the man played a key role in a heroin drug trafficking network that dismantled in early May. During the execution of search warrants, authorities seized over 1 kilogram of heroin as well as cocaine, firearms and narcotics-related paraphernalia. Ultimately, 31 people were detained and charged with various felony drug offenses, including criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Pop singer Aaron Carter accused of DUI, marijuana possession

New York music lovers may be interested to learn that, on July 15, pop star Aaron Carter was taken into custody in Georgia on suspicion of drunk driving and drug possession. The 29-year-old singer and brother to Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter was facing charges for DUI, possession of less than 1 ounce of pot and possession of drug paraphernalia following the incident.

Carter was reportedly detained at about 9 p.m. in Habersham County. In a statement, Carter and his girlfriend said that the vehicle was driving had had a new tire put on, causing the vehicle to be out of alignment. He had stopped at an AutoZone to see if the issue could be fixed. He claimed that he was detained while still inside the store and officers did not see him actually driving.

3 of the most common major drug crimes

Treatment of drugs in the United States is undeniably in a state of transition. While many states move to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, law enforcement continues to crack down on other substances. This is not without cause; according to the New York Times, drug-related deaths and overdoses are skyrocketing like never before.

Law enforcement’s fervor in abolishing drugs has resulted in the arrest and incarceration of countless people who may or may not understand their legal rights. If you are facing one of the following or any other type of drug charge, you should consider investing in legal representation to guide you through the criminal process and ensure the protection of your rights.

Is racial profiling relevant to your drug case?

New York City has a diverse racial, religious and cultural population, which is part of what makes the area so interesting. However, it also makes the people subject to racial profiling by law enforcement, and it is no secret that tensions are high between police and minorities.

New York did not even have legislation prohibiting racial and ethnic profiling until 2015. With the time it takes to train on new policies and procedures, you may still have the chance of experiencing racial profiling.

When authorities have probable cause to arrest a person

When a New York resident is being questioned by police, he or she is free to walk away as a formal arrest has not been made. However, once a police officer prevents a resident from walking away, he or she has been detained and is now under arrest. In order for an arrest to be legal, the officer must have had "probable cause".

Probable cause is defined as reasonable grounds for pressing a charge, searching a person or taking a person into custody. Essentially, probable cause prevents the authorities from rounding up those who could potentially be innocent simply because they may be deemed as a threat or as undesirable. Probable cause must be established through some sort of factual evidence or through observation. An officer may also have probable cause to take a person into custody based on his or her expertise and on circumstantial evidence as long as a crime has been committed. If probable cause is established, the authorities are protected against potential wrongful arrest lawsuits.

2 facing drug charges following apartment raids

Two New York residents were issued drug charges following a June 23 raid at their apartments. One apartment was located on Hazzard Street and the second apartment was located on Colfax Street in Jamestown.

Both of the apartments had been reported as nuisances by the neighbors. During the raids, officers with the Jamestown Police Department recovered about 10 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia items, doses of LSD, an illegal stun gun and an undisclosed amount of cash.

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