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Man receives federal drug charges

A 36-year-old man was taken into custody by New York state police after a drug raid during which authorities found a gun, drugs and drug paraphernalia. There was also ammunition for the DPMS LR-308 semi-automatic assault rifle as well as a scope and tripod for the weapon. The man was not supposed to be in possession of the gun or the ammunition because of a previous conviction according to authorities.

He was originally charged with the illegal firearm possession as well as with distributing meth. About 8 ounces of the substance was found during the raid that led to him being taken into custody. Authorities say that the man conspired to distribute methamphetamine with others in Broome and Chenango counties. That resulted in additional federal charges including felony counts of conspiracy to distribute as well as being in possession of cocaine base.

Former CFO faces embezzlement charges

A New York man is facing charges that he embezzled $3.5 million from a real estate firm where he was chief financial officer. Allegedly, the theft began in December 2015.

The government began investigating when the company the man worked for complained about his spending in the first eight months of 2018. During that time, he put unauthorized expenses of around $145,000 on a company credit card. The assistant director-in-charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the New York Field Office and the attorney for the Eastern District of New York accused him of using the money he embezzled to fund extravagant spending.

Traffic stop in New York leads to DWI and drug charges

A routine traffic stop during the early morning hours of Aug. 25 led to drunk driving and drug charges for a 20-year-old New York man. The Baiting Hollow resident is accused of committing multiple offenses including possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute and driving while intoxicated. Reports indicate that his bail has been set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond, and he is being held in a detention facility operated by the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office.

East Hampton Town Police officers say that they pulled the man's vehicle over after observing it cross the center line on Carl Fisher Plaza in Montauk at approximately 1:19 a.m. Officers say that they became suspicious when they noticed that the man behind the wheel had bloodshot eyes, and the officers reportedly detected the odor of alcohol on his breath. Reports indicate that the man was placed in custody on suspicion of drunk driving after failing a standardized field sobriety test.

3 major dangers of heroin

The opioid epidemic is often featured in the news, but it seems that little is being done to help those it affects. People of all ages, races and walks of life are falling target to drugs such as heroin, and the consequences are ruining lives. If you or somebody you know is struggling with heroin, it is important to address the situation realistically and find resources to help.

The following are three of the most dangerous implications of getting involved with heroin. In addition to the risk of addiction, you will likely encounter health problems and legal consequences as a result of heroin use or possession. 

Football player charged in insider trading case

New York football fans may know Mychal Kendricks of the Cleveland Browns for his performance on the field. However, the linebacker may longer play in the NFL as he was charged with insider trading on Aug. 29. Federal prosecutors allege that the football player made almost $1.2 million in profits on four investments in 2012 on the basis of illegal insider information. After the indictment, Kendricks was released by the team, which had signed him to a one-year contract in June.

After the announcement by a U.S. attorney, Kendricks issued a statement admitting to insider trading and apologizing for the incident. In addition, a television writer and former investment banker is also being charged in the case for allegedly helping the football star with his investments. The federal prosecutor said that both people could face significant time in prison if they are convicted. While Kendricks admitted to participating in insider trading, he also said that he trusted the wrong person.

Alleged New York drug ring taken into custody

Prosecutors in New York have announced that a multi-agency investigation into drug sales in the Montauk area of Suffolk County has led to 16 suspects being taken into custody. The announcement was made during an Aug. 17 press conference held by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. The individuals taken into custody are said to have distributed drugs that they received through the mail in a number of popular area bars and restaurants.

The investigation, which got underway in March 2018, allegedly uncovered evidence that large amounts of oxycodone, cocaine and other narcotics were being sold to Suffolk County residents and tourists at a number of Montauk area bars, night clubs and restaurants. Several of the individuals taken into custody are said to have been seasonal workers at these establishments who sold drugs both at their places of work and from their rented apartments. Investigators allege that the group dominated the local drug trade to such an extent that they were able to significantly increase their prices.

Broadcom founder apprehended on suspicion of drug trafficking

Tech billionaire Henry Nicholas, the founder of Broadcom, was charged with drug trafficking on Aug. 7. New York residents may be familiar with Nicholas, who is a well-known philanthropist and advocate for victims of crime.

The charges against Nicholas and one other person, a woman who is reportedly the ex-wife of a Wells Fargo heir, happened in Las Vegas at a casino-resort after contraband was found in a room. Nicholas and the woman were both taken into custody on suspicion of trafficking cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and meth. Both were later released on their own recognizance. Records indicate that a court hearing is set for September.

Suspects in drug case allegedly use Minnie Mouse packaging

Prosecutors in New York City allege that a local narcotics ring used boxes wrapped in Minnie Mouse wrapping paper to distribute cocaine. According to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, three individuals, including a MTA bus driver, smuggled hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine outside a nail salon in Mill Basin. Investigators arrested the suspects after investigating their behavior and performing raids.

All three suspects in the case have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia. Two have also been charged with the criminal sale of a controlled substance. During the investigation, detectives claim they saw the suspects exchange wrapped bags of cocaine for bags of cash. During one raid of a suspect's home, $74,000 in cash was found stuffed in a bag on the property.

How prescription painkillers can lead to severe criminal charges

One day you go to your doctor or the emergency room because you are feeling pain. He or she writes you a prescription for oxycodone or hydrocodone to help relieve the symptoms. You find that this medication stops your pain and makes you feel euphoric. Over time, you find yourself taking more risks because of your addiction.

What starts as a simple prescription can lead to serious criminal charges. Here are some common criminal activities relating to prescription pain drugs. 

White collar crime prosecutions look toward trade fraud

White collar crime prosecutions are turning toward trade and import issues in New York and across the country. Criminal cases linked to importers have grown by 900 percent over the past 16 years, and researchers say that trade fraud is costing millions of dollars of lost taxes, fees and other revenues. The authors of one study noted that the volume of imports is so massive that it is difficult for customs inspectors to serve as a strong bulwark.

However, a wide range of defendants can be caught up in these trade fraud cases. Studying criminal charges for white collar crimes related to trade fraud between 2000 and 2016, the researchers found that some defendants represented large shipping companies while others were small "mom-and-pop" businesses. Many of the cases fall under the 1863 False Claims Act, a law originally passed to punish fraudulent suppliers of weapons to the Union Army in the Civil War.

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