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2 men receive drug charges after raid

On Feb. 27, police in New York charged two men for drug crimes following a raid at their home. The raid took place in Riverhead after authorities gathered information about drug sales that were taking place at a residence on Wilson Avenue. Two occupants of the home, a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, were taken into police custody at the scene.

The search and seizure that led to the men receiving drug charges was executed by the East End Drug Task Force and the Riverhead Town Police. They were assisted by members of the Riverhead Town Police Department C.O.P.E., Suffolk County Emergency Services Unit and K-9 units. As a result of the investigation, authorities allegedly discovered marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin and suboxone at the residence. Some cash was also seized.

Both of the accused men were handed charges for second and third-degree unlawful possession of a controlled substance. They were also handed two charges for second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia because of the scales and packaging materials that were found. Each man received a count for unlawful possession of marijuana, and the 26-year-old man was handed a charge for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A person facing drug charges after a raid can choose to plead guilty and negotiate a plea deal or plead not guilty and attempt to have their charges dismissed. Deciding what route to take will greatly depend on the amount of evidence that the prosecution has to prove their version of events. A criminal defense attorney can evaluate a client's case so that an informed decision can be made about how to proceed.

Source: Riverhead Patch, "Police: Two Men Arrested in Drug Raid at Riverhead Home," Priscila Korb, Feb. 28, 2015

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