According to reports, two people were arrested, one on allegations of felony drug offenses, following a traffic stop on I-95. Sources indicate that the two were stopped on I-95 by officers with the New York state police. The stop and subsequent arrests allegedly occurred on Jan. 1 around 3:10 p.m.
Two men in New York were arrested for drug possession after they were pulled over for a routine traffic stop on Nov. 13. State police pulled a pickup truck over on Evergreen Street in Lancaster for failure to use a turn signal and driving with no license plate lamp. A 30-year-old former substitute teacher was driving, and a 20-year-old man was riding as a passenger. According to police, the driver claimed to be a substitute teacher and wrestling coach at Rush-Henrietta School District.
Two people in New Jersey were arrested after police discovered a significant amount of heroin in their vehicle on Sept. 2. The traffic stop occurred on the northbound side of Interstate 81 nearby Syracuse. The vehicle had been targeted through an ongoing investigation headed by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Strike Force. The investigation was a collaboration between local and federal law enforcement agencies working to decrease the amount of heroin available in Central New York.
Law enforcement officials took a 54-year-old man from Elizabethtown into custody for the second time since June on drug-related charges, according to authorities. On July 31, New York State police executed an arrest warrant on the man, who was already incarcerated in Essex County Jail, for allegedly possessing and selling heroin. Authorities said the warrant resulted from an investigation coordinated between state police and the Essex County Sheriff's Office. Consequently, the 54-year-old man is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance.
According to New York State Police, two residents of Plattsburgh were taken into custody for alleged drug possession following a traffic stop. They are facing drug charges after heroin and other drugs were reportedly discovered in the vehicle. Police pulled their vehicle over in Peru on Interstate 87 for speeding.
A Nassau County high school teacher is facing criminal charges, and the possible loss of her job, after police claim to have found drugs in her vehicle during a traffic stop. She was charged with a seventh-degree misdemeanor after police say there was a bag of heroin in her car.
Even as union leadership defend the actions of two Nassau County police officers accused of beating a suspect in April, prosecutors have dropped all charges against the suspect. The exonerated man, 20, is glad not to be facing charges for marijuana possession and other crimes. However, he suffered several broken bones in his face, and is pushing for criminal charges against the officers.
Police brutality is a concern for anybody who wants a just, civil society. Officers do need to use force sometimes, but when they needlessly beat or injure a suspect, they violate their duty to protect the public.
According to Saratoga Springs Police, a variety shop owner was taken in custody on June 27 on drug charges after a traffic stop. The 46-year-old store owner has been accused of drug trafficking and possession. He faces a third-degree charge of criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Also, he was charged with seven counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
A taxi driver was pulled over by the Albany County Sheriff Department for allegedly speeding, and the driver was soon after arrested for possession of drugs. Law enforcement authorities claim that the odor of marijuana was noticeable, and police apparently searched the man and discovered what was called a small amount of marijuana in the taxi driver's pocket.