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.
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.
A Port Authority police officer said that two officers noticed a man feverish and trembling in the Midtown New York bus terminal during their walking patrol. They stopped to ask if he was sick and offer help. The 24-year-old man, who was waiting in line for a bus, said that he needed some candy to raise his blood sugar because he was diabetic.
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.
After police searched a New York home on Sept. 24, they took three men into custody for criminal possession of a controlled substance. The Clarkstown Police Department carried out the search after an investigation was launched into complaints about people selling drugs out of the West Clarkstown Road home.
A New York auto body shop owner pleaded guilty on Sept. 9 to drug and weapon charges. According to the report, the man was sentenced to two years in prison. The report also stated that director Martin Scorsese's nephew was working at the same shop and was also accused of being involved in illegal drug activity.
It was reported on Aug. 13 that six people were arraigned on charges relating to a large New Jersey drug ring that dealt with heroin. According to the report, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office began the investigation into an alleged drug ring nearly one year ago.
A New York jail guard was arraigned on Aug. 12 on charges of drug possession after being taken into custody the previous day. According to the report, he was accused of being in possession of amphetamines with the intent to sell them. The guard reportedly worked at the Nassau County Correctional Center.
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.