A New York man was facing drug charges on Jan. 3 after authorities conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. The 30-year-old man was charged with four counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and five counts of possession of a controlled substance.
For people in New York accused of serious drug crimes, significant prison sentences can be a very real consequence. In one case, a 21-year-old man from New York City was stopped in his vehicle and found to possess 2,195 bags of heroin. The man was sentenced in December 2017 to nine years in state prison, the maximum sentence associated with the charges against him.
A 30-year-old New York man was charged with drug and weapons offenses on Dec. 14 for allegedly trafficking crystal meth. He was reportedly taken into custody following the execution of search warrant at a residence located in the 400 block of Cass Hill Road in Tioga County.
New York authorities took two Suffolk County residents into custody on Nov. 30 following an investigation into a drug trafficking ring. The two individuals were identified as a 25-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman.
Several alleged members or associates of New York's Gambino and Bonanno mafia families have been arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine from a gelato shop and other crimes, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed on Nov. 9. The arrests were the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation into the crime organization.
On Oct. 19, New York law enforcement officers reported that 10 gang members from the Bronx were taken into custody for drug crimes. They were reportedly accused of shipping thousands of pounds of marijuana to New York from California. Authorities said the marijuana had an estimated value of $22 million.
The U.S. drug war is still alive and well in New York and across the nation, according to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The agency reports that overall drug arrests increased by 5.63 percent in 2016, with 1.57 million people taken into custody. That number is more than triple the combined arrest total for all violent crimes. Nearly 85 percent of all drug violation arrests were for drug possession.
On Sept. 27, three New York residents were taken into custody after authorities allegedly discovered a working methamphetamine lab in a garage. According to Corning police, officers were called to a property on East 5th Street for a trespassing in progress.
New York State Police took a 27-year-old man into custody on Sept. 16 after a substantial quantity of illegal drugs were recovered during a search of his vehicle. Troopers say that they conducted the search after pulling the man's car over for driving erratically and noticing a substance inside the vehicle that appeared to be crack cocaine. The man is facing a felony count of drug possession with the intent to distribute and a misdemeanor drunk driving charge. He was also cited for driving without a valid driver's license.
On Sept. 8, a 34-year-old woman was taken into custody by the New York State Police following a traffic stop. She was ultimately charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.