Possession with the intent to distribute is a serious charge that can lead to prison terms and fines. However, in order for a New York resident to be charged with this crime, three conditions must be met.
On Nov. 28, a New York bodybuilder pleaded guilty to a high-level drug charge and holding his wife captive. As a result, he will spend a minimum of 18 years in prison.
A 30-year-old New York man faces a custodial sentence ranging from 10 years to life after admitting to being the leader of an Elmira-based fentanyl ring. The man entered guilty pleas to conspiracy, drug possession and drug distribution charges in a Monroe County federal courtroom on Oct. 25. Prosecutors say that 13 members of the group have now been convicted on federal drug charges. At least two overdose deaths have been linked by law enforcement to the group's activities.
On Oct. 12, New York State Police troopers arrested two Utica men on drug charges after allegedly finding a large amount of cocaine in their vehicle during a traffic stop. Troopers pulled over the vehicle for multiple violations at approximately 9:02 p.m. in Ardsley, which is in Westchester County.
The chief of police of a New York town was arrested and charged with a federal drug crime on Oct. 5. If convicted, he could face up to one year in federal prison and be slapped with a $100,000 fine.
Two residents of Oneida have been taken into custody for a meth bust following an investigation by the Madison County Narcotics Task Force and the Madison County Sheriff's Department. Police stated that the alleged offenders were part of a large-scale methamphetamine operation.
A routine traffic stop during the early morning hours of Aug. 25 led to drunk driving and drug charges for a 20-year-old New York man. The Baiting Hollow resident is accused of committing multiple offenses including possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute and driving while intoxicated. Reports indicate that his bail has been set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond, and he is being held in a detention facility operated by the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office.
Prosecutors in New York have announced that a multi-agency investigation into drug sales in the Montauk area of Suffolk County has led to 16 suspects being taken into custody. The announcement was made during an Aug. 17 press conference held by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. The individuals taken into custody are said to have distributed drugs that they received through the mail in a number of popular area bars and restaurants.
Tech billionaire Henry Nicholas, the founder of Broadcom, was charged with drug trafficking on Aug. 7. New York residents may be familiar with Nicholas, who is a well-known philanthropist and advocate for victims of crime.
Prosecutors in New York City allege that a local narcotics ring used boxes wrapped in Minnie Mouse wrapping paper to distribute cocaine. According to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, three individuals, including a MTA bus driver, smuggled hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine outside a nail salon in Mill Basin. Investigators arrested the suspects after investigating their behavior and performing raids.