Drug Crimes

First Time Marijuana Penalties in New York

October 10, 2016

Cannabis laws are swiftly changing across the country. States like Washington, Colorado, and Oregon have fully-regulated, legal marijuana markets. As perceptions change towards the drug, legislature follows. However, marijuana is still an illegal substance in New York. That means you can be arrested, processed, and jailed if you are caught with marijuana. The outcomes of your interaction with the police will differ based on the facts of the case. Still, the point remains – you […] Read On

Call for Reduced Sentences on Low-Level Drug Crimes

December 22, 2015

In a recent editorial, the New York Times has called for a reduction in sentences for those convicted of low-level drug offenses. The impetus for the proposal is two-fold: first, Congress has been wrestling with sentencing reform for some time, and potential changes may be in sight; second, the available statistics show that an immense amount of money and resources are currently being devoted to housing inmates in federal prison who pose no danger to […] Read On

Huge heroin bust in the Bronx

May 27, 2015

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced the seizure in the Bronx of enough heroin to get every one of the residents of New York City high. In case you don’t know, that’s almost eight and a half million people. In terms of local drug busts, it was the largest DEA heroin seizure in New York state history. It was also the agency’s fourth largest heroin seizure in the entire country. The heroin, which apparently […] Read On

Stiff sentence for pain pill doctor in overdose deaths

January 6, 2015

A New York City physician has been sentenced to 10⅔ to 20 years in prison. He was convicted of manslaughter in connection with the death of two of his patients, both of whom had overdosed on prescription pain medications. While the case of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, stands as a notable exception, it is not often that one hears a report of a doctor being convicted of manslaughter in an overdose case. In fact, […] Read On

Club Drug “Molly” Fuels New York Party Scene

February 10, 2014

If you’re told that some young adults are about to spend the evening with Molly, you might picture one of their girlfriends, or an actress (Molly Shannon or Molly Ringwald), or maybe you expect them to be reviewing a book on the revolutionary war, featuring Molly Pitcher. But the name today has nothing to do with actresses or historical figures. It’s supposedly a “pure” form of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine), a stimulant that is the primary ingredient […] Read On

Prescription Database Focuses on New York Doctor Shoppers

September 4, 2013

Abuse of prescription medication is a huge issue, impacting every segment of society. One of the ways that people traditionally obtain a ready supply of paid medication and other mood-altering prescription drugs is to engage in what is referred to as “doctor shopping.” We described the practice, and some of its consequences, in our blog of June 2012 (Prescription Drug Crackdown Leads to 98 Arrests). A new online system for tracking prescription pill abuse went […] Read On

House Arrest for S.I. Doctor Charged in Drug Sales

January 23, 2013

When we think about drug dealers – either those selling illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin, or those selling prescription drugs illegally – we might have a particular profile in mind. Our vision might be shaped by the level at which the dealer operates. But when it comes to “street” dealers, that is, those selling to the ultimate users, we might have in mind a profile that we think fits the circumstances. Maybe it’s the […] Read On

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