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Overdose investigation leads to arrests for heroin trafficking

As overdoses continue to make headlines in New York and across the country, investigators in Long Island focused their attention on finding the source of drugs behind a recent non-fatal overdose. The Long Island Heroin Task Force suspected the occupants of a 2003 Mercedes Benz to be involved in the incident. Police pulled the vehicle over in Copiague and found heroin in the car of a 31-year-old man and 27-year-old woman. The woman's 21-month-old child was also in the vehicle.

The same investigation also led to the arrest of two more men, ages 30 and 29, in Copiague. Law enforcement officials reported that the 2015 Nissan Altima used by the men also contained an undisclosed amount of heroin.

Arraignment of the individuals took place in Hempstead. Authorities charged all four people with drug possession and sale. The two people who had a child in their car also received charges for endangering a minor.

When a person stands accused of drug crimes, it might be advisable to have the help of an attorney who could review the case and help the defendant make a decision about how to enter a plea in court. To pursue a defense strategy, an attorney could look at the circumstances of the search that led to the seizure of the drugs. Any unlawful practices by law enforcement involving a violation of the defendant's rights provided by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution might enable the attorney to challenge the admissibility of the evidence and, if successful, get the charges reduced or dropped.

Source: New York Daily News, "Four busted by Long Island Heroin Task Force for selling drugs that led to overdose", Graham Rayman, June 7, 2017

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