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New York cops seize luxury car amid drug crime charges

Among the items seized by the New York Police Department in a recent drug bust was a Lamborghini. The luxury car was accompanied by the additional seizure of $600,000 that cops say are the fruits of drug crime. The investigation into two deaths caused by overdoses of the illicit drug, fentanyl, culminated in the arrests of four New York City men. Authorities also say they confiscated about 20 pounds of drugs. 

The quartet is accused of supplying significant amounts of fentanyl, cocaine and heroin drug dealers both in the city and upstate. The 35-year-old suspected leader of the group was taken into custody at his luxury apartment in Queens where cops also allegedly found a loaded firearm. Police used a wiretap during their investigations after two men, aged 22 and 42, died in Queens in 2016 and 2017, respectively, from lethal mixes of heroin and fentanyl. Cops also raided a suspected stash house where they say they found drugs hidden in a sofa.

Former United Nations worker convicted of robbery

A former worker at the United Nations will be spending time behind bars. The man has been sentenced two years after a plea agreement with the court, but will likely be released in six months. The 53-year-old resident pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in the third degree, one count of attempted robbery in the second degree and two counts of grand larceny -- all offenses considered to be nonviolent. The prosecutor was asking for a five-year sentence.

The man was originally facing a charge of  robbery in the first degree, with a 15-year jail sentence, but the prosecutor couldn't make that charge stick with the grand jury. The man was arrested in April of last year in connection with a number of New York robberies. He received a sentence of two years for the attempted robbery and a year for the third degree robbery and a year for grand larceny running concurrently with the two years. 

Man faces drug crime charges in New York

A man believed to be responsible for flooding the New York area with the dangerous drug fentanyl has been arrested, according to local sources. New York authorities closed in on the Mexican native after he was fingered by an undercover agent who says the man imported some 44 pounds of fentanyl into the area. The sentence for drug crime charges of this severity could see the man in prison for years if he is found guilty. 

According to police records, the 41-year-old man was arrested in late 2017 following a sting operation, after he allegedly attempted to collect payment for drugs from an undercover agent. He is believed to have been in possession of the fentanyl in a Bronx hotel. He has been remanded to custody, held without bail, since March 27. 

Upstate New York drug squad arrests 28 to curtail drug crime

Twenty-eight people were recently arrested after a months-long investigation into drug dealings. The upstate New York drug squad, the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) made the arrests in an effort to curtail nationwide drug crime. Twenty-one men and seven women were taken into custody after authorities allegedly found they were involved in the trafficking and possession of illegal drugs, including crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, fentanyl and various pharmaceuticals that are illegal to sell or to possess without a prescription.

URGENT reports that it has made 130 arrests in all and seized illegal weapons and more than $123,000 in cash during the investigation. Most of those facing charges are in their 20s and 30s with two being in their 60s. Charges include criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.

New York police officer arrested for drug trafficking

One of New York's finest -- a police officer -- was recently arrested and is facing drug-related charges. The female officer was apparently under surveillance for some time. She was taken into custody and charged with trafficking heroin. Authorities say the New York Police Department officer's car was found with $50,000 in it after she returned from a trip to Massachusetts. 

The woman was apparently working with a man to sell 100 grams or more of heroin. A Drug Enforcement Agency agent confronted the officer by shining a flashlight in her car where the cash was found along with the woman's NYPD weapon. Two separate bags were found in the vehicle, each allegedly containing $25,000 in cash.

Federal firearm restrictions are in a state of flux

When it comes to laws that govern firearms, those who choose to own them must deal with both federal and state laws, which can often prove very complicated to navigate. At the state level, laws may change drastically as soon as you cross a border, and permits that apply in one state may not apply in another.

Furthermore, state-level laws change regularly, as we just saw in Florida in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. In a matter of weeks, motivated legislators responding to local pressures may alter gun laws drastically. However, for the first time in over a decade, gun restrictions may also change significantly at the federal level.

Ex Department of Correction employee guilty of child pornography

A 64-year-old investigator with the Department of Correction is facing time behind bars. The New York resident was recently found guilty of receiving, possessing and transporting child pornography. His minimum prison stay will be five years. Jurors convicted him after he was found to have been in possession of videos of preteen children being sexually abused. The jury didn't buy his explanation that he was downloading the porn so he could better understand minor victims.

Some of the victims in the suspect videos were toddlers, according to court documents. Police found the tapes during a search of the man's home in 2015. It was then that the man apparently told cops he wasn't allowed to download pornography on the job.

Man in New York faces drug crime charges

A man in Albany was arraigned in federal court on March 1 for alleged crimes, according to local sources. The 38-year-old New York man faces drug crime charges as well as firearms offenses. It is not clear whether he is still in police custody at this time, but it has been confirmed that the case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

According to the police report, the man is accused of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in 2017 from June to August. He faces charges of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police have not made the specifics of this case, or of the man's arrest, public at this time. 

New York physician facing rape charges

A doctor who was once convicted of sexually assaulting patients is in hot water once again -- this time regarding allegations of rape. The rape charges stem from apparent incidents regarding the New York physician and six patients beginning in 2013. The doctor has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

The patients who pressed charges all suffer from debilitating and rare illnesses that cause them great pain. The doctor was supposed to be treating them for the pain. Instead, they say, he forced himself on them with nonconsensual intercourse coupled with touching and kissing. Patients told police they had no choice but to continue to see the doctor since he was the only one in the area capable of treating their rare illnesses. Several more women from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have since come forth making similar accusations against the doctor. 

Felony charges come with many different penalties

Criminal cases come with a host of impacts that can flow out into every aspect of your life. There are effects for every type of criminal matter, but they are the greatest when you are facing a felony count. It is imperative that you understand exactly what you are up against.

It might be tempting to focus on the obvious impacts of the charge, such as incarceration; however, you might find that the other consequences are even greater. Think about these points as you decide how you are going to handle your defense:

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