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New York man charged with drug possession after parole search

Police in New York took a 25-year-old man into custody on March 19 during a parole warrant effort. The man is facing drug possession charges after officers allegedly discovered 23 bags containing what was believed to be crack cocaine in his parked vehicle. Court records indicate that the man's bail was set at $5,000 during his arraignment hearing at Stapleton Criminal Court. He is scheduled to appear in court again on April 7.

According to media reports, the drug charges were the latest episode in a series of problems that the man has had with the law. Reports indicate that he was sentenced to a prison term of two and a half years after entering a plea of guilty to charges of assault in the second degree. The charges stemmed from an October 2011 shooting in West Brighton that left two women wounded. The man earned parole in November 2013.

Accused drug trafficker sentenced for murder-for-hire

On March 26, it was announced that a 38-year-old man who was convicted of being involved in two murder-for-hire conspiracies and large-scale drug trafficking scheme in New York was sentenced. According to the United States Attorney, the man was sentenced to life plus 30 years in a federal prison.

The indictment stated that the convicted man was responsible for providing powder cocaine and crack cocaine to multiple drug organizations between 2009 and 2012. He was also accused of illegally possessing and carrying a firearm during this period. He was accused of hiring a co-conspirator to shoot and kill a man who was the leader of another drug trafficking ring in September 2010. He then reportedly hired another co-conspirator to kill a second man in 2011 though another person was shot.

Second-degree murder law in New York

New York criminal law specifies that second-degree murder is a type of homicide that can come in many forms. Generally, the charge of second-degree murder may be classified under five different categories.

First, a person may demonstrate intent that results in the death or another. An individual engaging in reckless conduct and indifference that ends in another's death might also be cited. Any commission of a felony, such as robbery, burglary, kidnapping, arson, or sexual assault, could classify as second-degree murder as well. With the example of depraved indifference, a person over 18 may cause the death of a person under 11. Lastly, while engaging in a criminal sexual act, a person over 18 can be convicted if they caused the death of a person under 14 years of age.

Man arrested for DUI after allegedly stumbling into cop car

According to law enforcement officers with the New York State Police, a 50-year-old Troy man was detained on allegations of drunk driving after he reportedly stumbled into a police vehicle. The incident occurred on Mar. 14 in New Brunswick, just outside of Albany.

Reportedly, a state trooper had pulled into a convenience store in order to refill the gas tank of his patrol vehicle. While the trooper was pumping gas, the 50-year-old man reportedly pulled in, stopping next to the trooper's vehicle. When the man got out of his vehicle, he then allegedly walked into the trooper's car.

New York State Troopers charge driver with DWAI, possession

On March 4, New York State Police stopped a 40-year-old man driving on the Taconic State Parkway, about 60 miles outside of Manhattan. At first, the troopers suspected a possible equipment violation. During their investigation, however, the troopers suspected that the man might be driving under the influence. According to police reports, a search of the vehicle revealed that the driver was in possession of drug paraphernalia, crack cocaine and methadone.

As a result of the investigation, the officers detained the operator of the vehicle. The man now faces several charges, including driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation, and possession of a controlled substance. All of these charges are Class C or Class E felonies. The driver was released and expected to appear in the Town of LaGrange court at a later date.

Woman detained on drunk driving charges

New York police took a 53-year-old woman into custody on March 13 after other drivers called and claimed that she was swerving in the Holland Tunnel. According to police, the woman stopped her car completely several times as well as repeatedly hitting the curb. The incident happened around 6 p.m.

Police allege that when they detained the woman, her speech was slurred, her breath smelled of alcohol, and her eyes were bloodshot. She also did not perform well on a field sobriety test. Police also claim that there were hundreds of pain and anxiety pills in the woman's vehicle that were prescribed to a different person.

Woman faces charges after head-on collision

A driver in New York stopped by law enforcement and charged with driving while intoxicated might also receive additional traffic citations. An example of a 37-year-old woman who was part of an accident without injuries illustrates how a one incident results in multiple consequences for the driver.

According to state police, the woman entered an exit ramp for southbound Interstate 190 in Buffalo going the wrong way. A head-on collision with another car occurred on the ramp. A fire started in the car of the woman who reportedly incorrectly entered the exit ramp. An area hospital assessed both drivers and found that no one was injured.

Man accused of storing drugs in home across from courthouse

Police say a man in New York kept illegal drugs in a residence that was located directly across the street from a courthouse. The 28-year-old man was taken into custody following a raid at his Staten Island home on Feb. 27. Five days prior to the raid, the man had been stopped on the West Shore Expressway for allegedly driving drunk at speeds of 100 mph.

According to reports, the NYPD Gangs Squad had targeted the accused man for an investigation. Officers arrived at his home with a search warrant in hand at 6:30 a.m. During the search, officers say that they seized five bags of crack-cocaine, 49 decks of heroin, a scale with suspected heroin residue and $1,162 in cash, among other items. The man was handed several drug charges for second-degree unlawful use of drug paraphernalia as well as third, fifth and seventh-degree unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Man accused of purchasing jewelry with stolen credit cards

On Feb. 11, a Central New York man was arrested after he was allegedly caught using stolen credit card numbers to purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry. Investigators said the jewelry was purchased from stores in Albany, Oneida, Onondaga, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties.

According to Ontario County Sheriff's deputies, the 33-year-old defendant attempted to buy diamond earrings and a Rolex watch valued at approximately $29,000 at an Eastview Mall store. However, store employees became suspicious that he was using a cloned credit card linked to a stolen credit account before the transaction could be completed. He fled the store and tried to hide among snow banks near the mall, but he was soon apprehended by authorities.

New York man facing gun, drug charges

Law enforcement authorities with the New York State Police and the Oneida County Drug Task Force detained a 28-year-old Utica man on illegal weapons and drug charges on Feb. 27. He was taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant on his home.

Reportedly, officers discovered an AK-47, a high-capacity magazine, a .25 caliber handgun and drugs upon searching the man's home. He was apparently not present at the time the search warrant was executed. The man was detained by officers with the U.S. Marshall's Service, Little Falls Police, Oneida County Probation, New York State Parole and the Oneida County Sheriff's Department in Herkimer County in Little Falls. He is currently being held in the Oneida County Jail pending resolution of his charges.