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Drug Charges Archives

New crackdown on synthetic marijuana

New York residents might benefit from understanding more about why Boston took the initiative to ban synthetic marijuana throughout the municipality. The city-wide ban on purchasing, selling or using synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as "Spice" or "K2", was inspired by the alarming number of deaths the substance has been linked to across the country.

Drones used to move heroin across border

New York residents might want to know about recent developments involving the use of drones to transport drugs from Mexico into the United States. Two California men pleaded guilty in federal court on Aug. 11 to operating drones loaded with heroin in an attempt to smuggle the drugs across the border with Mexico.

NBA player facing felony drug possession charges

Basketball fans in New York may be familiar with the NBA star Mike Scott, who averaged 7.8 points per game for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2014-15 NBA season. The 27-year-old forward recently completed his third season with Atlanta, but his future with the Hawks may be in doubt as he was taken into custody by a Georgia sheriff's office following a traffic stop on July 30.

Drug-sniffing dogs and warrantless searches

In many New York drug cases involving car stops, law enforcement officers rely on drug-sniffing K-9 dogs to detect the presence of illicit substances. If a dog hits, the positive sniff test has been historically considered to be sufficient probable cause for the police to then conduct a warrantless search of the vehicle and its occupants.

Obama commutes sentences for 46 people

New York residents may have heard about President Obama's recent action to commute the sentences of 46 federal inmates, most of whom were serving long prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. According to a statement released by the White House, many of the people whose sentences were commuted would have been sentenced to shorter sentences if they had been convicted under today's laws.

10 accused of being involved in New York drug rings

New York authorities reported on June 19 that two separate drug rings were allegedly busted in two cities. One of the alleged rings was located in Buffalo while the other was located in Dunkirk. It was believed by the authorities that the alleged ring in Buffalo was distributing heroin to up to 200 users per day while the alleged Dunkirk ring was involved in the distribution of cocaine.

Several people taken into custody at music festival

On June 6, it was reported that New York authorities seized a large quantity of drugs and approximately $40,000 in cash during the recent FolkFest music festival. Authorities reportedly went undercover during the festival, which was held at Sterling Stage in Oswego County from May 21 to 24.

Man charged for possession of new synthetic drug

Authorities in New York are concerned about a new drug called 'flakka" that has been growing in popularity across the country. Over the past year, nine people in the western part of the state have been charged for possession of the drug. Most recently, a 41-year-old man from Livingston County received drug charges for flakka possession and importation.

Alternative drug test may find cocaine in fingerprints

New York residents may be interested in learning that a drug test may potentially be able to analyze any chemical traces that were left behind in a fingerprint to determine if a person had used cocaine. The technique, which was developed by research teams in the Netherlands and Britain, could be used as an alternative test to blood, urine or saliva testing.