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December 2016 Archives

Man faces charges for bringing drugs into New York

A Canadian man was arrested on Dec. 22 by American law enforcement agencies for transporting drugs worth thousands of dollars into western New York. The 40-year-old man from British Columbia was arrested with the assistance of the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Niagara Falls police department and Homeland Security.

Synthetic drugs pose risk of criminal penalties

Law enforcement officers in New York might choose to arrest someone in possession of a synthetic drug that might still be technically legal. Drug manufacturers continually attempt to stay ahead of legislation by altering formulas for substances commonly known as bath salts or spice. Police, however, do not know the exact chemical makeup of a suspicious substance at the time of arrest. Therefore, a person could be jailed and charged until a laboratory determines the legality of the substance in question.

Why you need drug court, not jail time

Do you face drug charges and fear time in a New York prison? While jail time may be the norm in Brooklyn, it is not the only legal route. In fact, it is not even the most effective one. Going to drug court is a much better option for you in the long run because it addresses the root of your problem and gives you a second chance at turning your life around with fewer consequences.

High school coach charged with drug possession

A coach at a New York high school was reportedly put on administrative leave after he was taken into custody for drug possession on Nov. 30. The 52-year-old coach, who worked at Hampton Bays High School, was to remain on leave until the outcome of the case was determined.

4 face charges after BB gun video sparks panic

According to law enforcement officers with the New York Police Department, two men and two women were arrested after posing with BB guns on a Facebook live video, sparking panic. The four were reportedly taken into custody after a massive law enforcement response to the Gramercy Park Hotel.

Cheap drug testing kits leading to false positives

Law enforcement agencies in New York and around the country must often determine whether an unknown substance is illicit. Dues to the sheer volume of products they must examine, authorities sometimes use very inexpensive testing kits to check substances on the spot. These inexpensive kits, which often cost as little as $2, are notorious for occasionally creating false positives. As a result, a number of people have faced unwarranted charges for drug possession or drug distribution.

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