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.
On June 20, rapper and "Love & Hip-Hop: New York" star Jim Jones was taken into custody on gun and drug possession charges. According to reports, the incident allegedly involved a short car chase in Georgia.
New York residents may be aware that the actress Rose McGowan was charged with cocaine possession in February 2017 after a small quantity of the drug was found in a wallet belonging to the actress that had been left on a plane. McGowan was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and rape, and she claims that the disgraced Hollywood mogul arranged for the cocaine to be planted in an attempt to smear and silence her. However, the publicity surrounding the case did not prevent a Virginia grand jury from indicting McGowan on one felony count of possession of a controlled substance. The indictment was issued on June 11.
New York residents may be interested to learn that comedian Artie Lange will not face jail time for his recent heroin possession charges. On June 1, he received a sentence of four years of probation from a New Jersey judge. In addition to probation, he will be required to complete 50 hours of community service. Additional stipulations require that he seek outpatient rehabilitation treatment in a recovery program.
A six-month investigation by New York authorities has led to the arrest of 12 men and one woman for allegedly participating in a drug trafficking ring. The sting, which led to arraignments on May 24, was called "Operation Cryptic Cipher."