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What are categories for the least dangerous illegal drugs?

Federal law has established five different categories of illicit drugs. These "drug schedules" organize illegal substances into Schedules I through V based on the risk level of addiction and the severity of potential health problems that can result from taking the drugs. The least serious categories of illicit drugs are Schedule IV and Schedule V.

Alleged gang leader arrested in New York

An alleged gang leader has been arrested in Brooklyn. According to police, authorities believe that the arrested man -- who goes by the name of "Papa Don" -- was the leader of the Mad Stone Bloods prison and street gang. In unsealed court records, Papa Don has been accused of interstate drug trafficking and racketeering.

What is a Schedule II drug?

The federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) classifies all drugs -- including pharmaceutical drugs -- via a specific series of "schedules." These schedules start with Schedule I, which the federal government believes to be the most addictive, dangerous and without medical use, and ends in Schedule V, which are the mildest and least harmful of the drugs. Here, we will focus specifically on Schedule II drugs and the substances found in this category.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges against two New York men


Arrests in New York based on alleged drug crimes are often made in conjunction with other alleged criminal activity. For example, when law enforcement officials pull a driver over for allegedly speeding or another alleged traffic violation they may discover alleged drugs or paraphernalia in that driver's possession. What might have been a simple ticket may become a serious criminal matter for a person who is believed to be in possession of drugs and other illicit materials.

New York man faces serious felony charges for drug possession

Individuals who keep up with this New York criminal defense blog know that any drug charges, regardless of the substance the accused is claimed to have dealt with, can be very serious. Drug charges can be penalized with significant criminal sanctions and can cause otherwise successful men and women to carry criminal records with them for the rest of their lives. A New York man was recently charged with a drug crime related to crystal meth and oxycodone.

Drug arrests based on evidence collected during traffic stops


Readers who have been pulled over by law enforcement officials while out driving their cars know that a lot can happen when an officer approaches their window. They may be asked to provide proof of their eligibility to drive as well as a valid registration for their vehicle. If they were stopped for violating a New York traffic law such as maintaining the legal speed limit then they may be asked questions regarding their allegedly illegal conduct.

A discussion of New York's drug courts


Drug crimes have been a perceived problem in the United States for decades. While some lawmakers believe that tough penalties and serious consequences are the best way to deal with alleged offenders, others take a less stringent approach to addressing drug offenses in individuals who may suffer from addiction. From this latter form of assessment the drug courts of the country were born.

What is drug trafficking and how serious are the charges?


Drug trafficking charges are unquestionably serious but if you have been charged with them, you may wonder what they entail and what you are facing. Drug trafficking laws make it illegal to sell, transport or import unlawful controlled substances and provide penalties for the sale, transportation and illegal import of unlawful controlled substances. Unlawful controlled substances include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.

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