Drug addiction starts small but often grows over time to be out of control. If you need money to support a drug habit, you may turn to dealing or other crimes to get the cash. This often leads to criminal charges and a record that can affect your ability to get a job or live a successful life once you are clean. While you may have been unaware of how addictive the drug could be when you starte d it, it is never too late to learn more about what you are dealing with and how to get help.
In New York in 2016, 14 people were exonerated for crimes they did not commit. African-Americans may be more likely to be wrongly convicted of a crime, according to a study that was released on March 7. The study, performed by the National Registry of Exonerations, looked at data from 1989 to 2016 and found that 47 percent of the 1,900 people exonerated were African-American. This is three times their population in the country. African-Americans were 12 times more likely to face wrongful conviction in drug crimes and seven times more likely to face a wrongful murder conviction compared to whites.
In early February, 32 people were charged with international drug trafficking, according to New York City prosecutors. Authorities seized more than 103 pounds of heroin and fentanyl, worth around $22 million, in the operation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deaths from opioid use is at an all-time high. In 2014, 47,000 people died from drug overdose. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden remarked that the statistics illustrate the need for law enforcement to intensify efforts "to reduce the availability of heroin, illegal fentanyl and other illegal opioids." The fact is that since 2000, there has been a 200 percent increase in deaths involving opioid pain relievers such as heroin. This drug, which has been around for more than a century, is among the most popular illegal substances found in New York.
On Jan. 23, it was reported that a New York drug dealing ring that was responsible for pushing more than 160,000 oxycodone pills was busted by the authorities. Two individuals who were thought to be the leaders were taken into police custody at their homes.
New York law enforcement officials probably heard that on his last full day in office, Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 330 inmates serving sentences for drug crimes. During his tenure in office, Obama had argued that there were systemic problems that led to harsh sentencing, but he was unable to push reforms through Congress. However, he commuted more sentences than any other president in history, a total of more than 1,700.
New York football fans may have heard that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison was charged with marijuana possession in December 2016. The charge stemmed from a traffic stop in September 2016 that took place on Interstate 43 near Francis Creek. He was stopped after police witnessed his Dodge going 81 miles per hour. The posted speed limit on that stretch of highway was 70 miles per hour.
Criminal law is quite complex, to say the least. There are state and federal laws that govern how law enforcement can act. Then, there are court rulings that apply to these laws. This is especially true when it comes to searches and seizures of private property. There are many procedures that must be followed for the search to be considered legal and constitutional. When the police use dogs to search for drugs, the same is true. The legality of the search depends on many different factors, from federal and state law to the Constitution.
The Metro-Jackson Task Force has stated five additional individuals have been indicted as a result of the crackdown on an organization that was selling illicit drugs in Watertown, New York. This is following the 13 charges that were filed the week before against the 33-year-old ringleader, a man from the same city.
A Canadian man was arrested on Dec. 22 by American law enforcement agencies for transporting drugs worth thousands of dollars into western New York. The 40-year-old man from British Columbia was arrested with the assistance of the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Niagara Falls police department and Homeland Security.