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.
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.
Police in New York City have reported that almost nine pounds of the deadly opioid fentanyl was discovered following a vehicle stop in the in Bronx on Feb. 1. The seized drugs are said to have been enough to cause over a million overdoses and would have been worth about $10 million on the street. Police say that the seizure was the result of an investigation carried out by detectives with the New York City Police Department's Queens Narcotics Major Case Squad.
Police in Troy, New York, collaborated with the FBI to raid seven apartments and take nine people into custody during several drug raids that took place on Feb. 1. However, the result of the raids had left some people in the community less than thrilled. Instead of seizing heroin, they recovered about 6.5 pounds of marijuana and $9,000 in cash. No weapons were recovered during the raids.
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.
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.