On Jan. 19, it was reported that New York authorities took a York College lab technician and his alleged drug supplier into custody after the technician was accused of selling cocaine. According to authorities, the man was selling the drugs near both the college and a high school that is located on its campus. The lab technician was identified as a 52-year-old man while the alleged supplier was identified as a 47-year-old man.

Authorities reportedly began investigating the technician in April. During the investigation, he reportedly met with undercover buyers. He allegedly made sales at the supplier’s Wexford Terrace residence and near Queens High School for the Sciences. Authorities said that there was no evidence that the lab technician was preparing the drugs in the lab.

During a search of the alleged supplier’s apartment, authorities reportedly found up to two kilos of cocaine and drug packaging materials. A money counter and about $2,000 in cash were also seized. The lab technician and the alleged supplier were being held without bail. They were facing multiple charges that could be punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

People who have been accused of committing serious drug crimes have the right to a strong defense and representation. A criminal law attorney may investigate the case to determine if a client’s rights were violated at any time during the investigation or if any evidence was illegally seized. In some cases, this could lead to a dismissal of the charges. In other cases, the attorney may negotiate with the prosecution in an effort to have some of the charges dropped in exchange for working with authorities if there are other individuals involved in the case.

Source: New York Daily News, “College lab technician pushed cocaine near high school, Queens DA says“, Andrew Keshner, Jan. 19, 2018