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New York police indict 40 for drug possession, other crimes

For 40 people in New York, the month of January ended with charges of drug possession and other related crimes. Each person who was accused of drug possession was named as part of two alleged drug rings occurring within the state. Although it is considered important to get illegal substances off the street, it will be equally as important to ensure that each of the 40 individuals gets a fair trial.

Authorities are telling the public that they have been following drug trafficking throughout the counties of Niagara, Genesee and Erie for up to a year and a half. Investigators purportedly infiltrated drug smuggling operations, leading to the charges. As is not unusual, their investigations included using GPS tracking mechanisms and filming surveillance videos.

Each of the 40 persons charged can expect to be linked to one of two sting operations: Either Operation Lockport or Operation TGIF. The former operation led to the alleged discovery of cocaine and money. The latter operation also reportedly netted cocaine. Those undercover in Operation TGIF also have charged 15 of the 40 individuals arrested for being part of a cockfighting ring network.

Being accused of drug possession, transporting drugs and/or selling drugs is a serious matter. If convicted, an accused individual could spend years in prison. This can make it critical for a New York defendant to have his or her case considered individually, if possible. Deciding how to best approach a criminal defense typically depends upon the specific facts of a case and whether an accused individual wishes to fight the charges they face or attempt to negotiate a plea arrangement with officials.

Source: wivb.com, Police bust drug rings, animal fighting, Emily Lenihan, Jan. 28, 2014

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