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January 2017 Archives

Obama commutes hundreds of drug-related sentences

New York law enforcement officials probably heard that on his last full day in office, Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 330 inmates serving sentences for drug crimes. During his tenure in office, Obama had argued that there were systemic problems that led to harsh sentencing, but he was unable to push reforms through Congress. However, he commuted more sentences than any other president in history, a total of more than 1,700.

Football player charged with marijuana possession

New York football fans may have heard that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison was charged with marijuana possession in December 2016. The charge stemmed from a traffic stop in September 2016 that took place on Interstate 43 near Francis Creek. He was stopped after police witnessed his Dodge going 81 miles per hour. The posted speed limit on that stretch of highway was 70 miles per hour.

Is it legal for law enforcement to use drug dogs to search your property?

Criminal law is quite complex, to say the least. There are state and federal laws that govern how law enforcement can act. Then, there are court rulings that apply to these laws. This is especially true when it comes to searches and seizures of private property. There are many procedures that must be followed for the search to be considered legal and constitutional. When the police use dogs to search for drugs, the same is true. The legality of the search depends on many different factors, from federal and state law to the Constitution.

Man enters plea to evading New York state taxes on $18.5 million

A former executive of an energy company entered a guilty plea to diverting $18.5 million in profits to a foreign company in order to evade New York state taxes. The agreement was entered into on Jan. 4 in New York Supreme Court.

Additional arrests in drug ring

The Metro-Jackson Task Force has stated five additional individuals have been indicted as a result of the crackdown on an organization that was selling illicit drugs in Watertown, New York. This is following the 13 charges that were filed the week before against the 33-year-old ringleader, a man from the same city.

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