In New York, a single charge of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute can carry serious consequences. Six individuals were taken into custody by the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office in March on multiple counts of possession with intent.
New York, like other U.S. states and countries around the world, has a range of criminal penalties for the possession of illegal drugs classified as controlled substances in state law. The type and severity of the penalty often depend on the specific drug a person is accused of possessing as well as the amount in their possession and any previous record of convictions on the same charge. Depending on these factors, people could face felony or misdemeanor charges that carry an array of penalties, from fines to jail or prison time.
On March 7 around 2:15 a.m., troopers in LaGrange made a traffic stop of two men, ages 28 and 32, driving a 2006 Nissan. Law enforcement reported that they smelled marijuana when talking to the driver.
The legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana has been a hot topic across the country for the past several years. Many states have legalized cannabis for recreational smoking and “edibles,” and some of those that have not, do allow certain people to purchase and use the drug to relieve pain and other symptoms of serious medical conditions. However, New York continues to have some of the strictest laws in the country regarding cannabis use. If you understand the basics of marijuana laws in New York, you may avoid potentially serious criminal charges.
Three New York residents were detained on Feb. 23 as part of a two-month drug investigation in Umadilla. A 35-year old man and another man and a woman, both 27, were charged with two misdemeanors related to drug paraphernalia and felony counts of first- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were also charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.
Two men in New York were jailed in February after being arrested on drug charges related to cocaine. In the town of Southpoirt, where the New York State Police's Community Narcotics Enforcement Team joined with two more special police forces carried out a raid and investigation into narcotics distribution on Caton Avenue in the town. There, two men from Elmira were accused of possession of approximately 13 grams of cocaine.