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."
On May 15, it was announced that the New York Police Department intended to use the next few months to reform its cannabis enforcement policies. This announcement, made by the New York City mayor, came after decades of marijuana arrests and incarcerations that have had major impacts on many lives, particularly when it comes to people of color.
On April 23, a New York judge sentenced a 32-year-old man to 10 years in prison for his role in a Syracuse drug trafficking operation. The defendant was the last of 52 people to be sentenced for participating in the drug ring.
Two men were stopped by authorities on Interstate 84 in New York state at about 11 p.m on April 8. Upon making contact with the driver of the Ford Fusion, officers smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. This resulted in a search of the Fusion, which turned up marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy in the possession of the passenger. The passenger was also found to be in possession of syringes and cannabis oil.
New York police took a driver into custody after an accident that took place in Harrison on April 7. Troopers were sent to the scene of the crash on Interstate 684 at about 5:30 that morning. An investigation determined that the driver had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. However, there were no details given as to what caused investigators to come to that conclusion.
Law enforcement officers announced that they busted a large drug ring that was operating in Suffolk County. The bust happened during the weekend of March 23 through March 25 and was conducted by Suffolk County police.
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.
New York, like other U.S. states and countries around the world, has a range of criminal penalties for the possession of illegal drugs classified as controlled substances in state law. The type and severity of the penalty often depend on the specific drug a person is accused of possessing as well as the amount in their possession and any previous record of convictions on the same charge. Depending on these factors, people could face felony or misdemeanor charges that carry an array of penalties, from fines to jail or prison time.
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.