Drug trafficking crimes are considered to be more serious than drug possession and are often charged as felonies. This exposes defendants to the potential of severe consequences and a damaging criminal record. A New York drug trafficking lawyer can advise a defendant on these consequences and walk them through the process of their criminal case.
A recent overnight raid by the NYPD and FBI resulted in the arrests of two people, with additional arrests expected. The building where the raid took place had allegedly been overtaken by gang members that were making drug sales from an apartment. There were children living in other apartment in the building and numerous dogs were discovered in the unit that was raided. Neighbors in the area told authorities that the building was known as an area where drugs were distributed.
Law enforcement officials prioritize preventing and deterring distribution activities. This causes them to be very proactive in arresting those suspected for trafficking activities and seek the most stringent penalties available. These penalties can include significant prison time and are based on numerous factors including the type and amount of drugs involved, whether children were targeted in such activities and whether a weapon was used in any distribution activities. The types of drugs typically involved include marijuana, cocaine and heroin, among many others.
Those arrested for trafficking activities may be subject to serious penalties if convicted. Often times these arrests are the culmination of a lengthy investigation by authorities or the result of a raid on a suspected drug distribution facility. It is important that that defendants facing such charges are aware of their rights and all defenses that may be available to them based on the circumstances of their particular case.
Source: NBC New York, "NYPD, FBI Raid Suspected Gang Drug Den in Bronx, Arrests Made," Shimon Prokupecz, Aug. 14, 2013