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New York correctional officer charged with drug possession

A New York jail guard was arraigned on Aug. 12 on charges of drug possession after being taken into custody the previous day. According to the report, he was accused of being in possession of amphetamines with the intent to sell them. The guard reportedly worked at the Nassau County Correctional Center.

Prosecutors stated that the 29-year-old guard purchased 10 Adderall pills prior to his shift. Investigators stated that they observed him taking part in the transaction. Following the transaction, which took place on Division Avenue in Levittown, the guard allegedly told investigators that a woman had just sold him the pills.

It was not known if he intended to sell the drugs at the correctional facility or at another location. It was reported that the guard was immediately fired from the his job following the incident. The guard's attorney stated that his client denied the charges against him. The guard was ultimately released on his own recognizance by the judge.

Those who are facing serious drug charges may also be facing serious consequences should they be convicted. Depending upon the seriousness of the charges, the accused person could face a jail sentence, probation and the conviction on their permanent record, which may make it difficult for them to seek employment. An attorney may be able to help their client create a strong criminal defense that may either result in the charges being dismissed or in having the severity of the charges being reduced. For example, the attorney may be able to find fault in any part of the investigation that may result in a dismissal of the charges.

Source: Newsday.com, "Jail guard charged with drug offense, DA says," Bridget Murphy, 08/12/2014

Source: CBS New York, "Nassau County Jail Guard Arrested On Drug Charges", August 12, 2014

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