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Search results in major drug find

Law enforcement authorities announced the detainment of a 38-year-old man in Endicott on Jan. 9 for multiple alleged drug charges. The man's arrest reportedly came after a search warrant was obtained and executed on his home.

Reportedly, multiple law enforcement agencies became involved in the joint investigation into the man's alleged activities. Agencies involved included the U.S. Postal Service, the New York State Police, the DEA, the Vestal Police and the Endicott Police Department's K-9 unit. The search warrant was obtained on Jan. 9 following a lengthy investigation that started based on information provided by the U.S. Postal Service.

Upon the search of the man's residence, police reportedly found a kilogram of cocaine, 22 pounds of marijuana, two ounces of methamphetamine and $5,000 in cash, all of which were seized. Additionally, police seized a 2007 Avalanche from the property. The man was taken into custody at the Broome County Jail following his arraignment in the Town of Union Court. He is being held without bond on charges including Class A and Class B felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana in the first degree and a misdemeanor charge of use of drug paraphernalia.

People facing major drug charges may receive serious consequences if they are convicted as charged. In a case in which the evidence is found following a search and seizure, criminal defense attorneys will often try to challenge the affidavits filed by police in order to secure the issuance of the search warrants. If a search extends beyond the confines of the warrant, or if the warrant itself is overbroad, it may be dismissed and prevent evidence from being introduced by the prosecution. It may be difficult, however, to successfully challenge a search warrant. An attorney experienced in criminal defense may be able to help.

Source: WBNG, "Major drug arrest in Broome County", Nickey Hickling, Jan. 14, 2015

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