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.
According to the Saratoga County sheriff, an arrest made by the sheriff's office led to the largest seizure of illegal narcotics in the county's history. The seizure stemmed from a series of arrests made at two homes in the town of Quaker Springs. According to the Sheriff's office, the six individuals had varying roles in dealing cocaine and marijuana throughout the Capital Region.
The search of the property reportedly turned up $264,000 in cash spread around the property in multiple hiding places. Police also say they uncovered 20 pounds of marijuana and 5 pounds of cocaine. Law enforcement seized 18 long guns, two handguns and five vehicles that police say were used within the scope of the drug ring as well. The operation was the culmination of an investigation that began in September 2017 with the Sheriff's office executing an undercover buy from one of the accused.
The potential penalties for a charge of drug possession with the intent include fines, public service and incarceration. An attorney with experience in defending against drug crimes may be able to help that individual understand the charges and potential penalties to negotiate a plea bargain that is agreeable to all parties. In situations where the client refuses a plea, an attorney may be able to help that individual make their case for acquittal in front of a jury of their peers.