A man and a woman are facing federal charges for allegedly trying to sell designer drugs, including synthetic opioid apparently much stronger than morphine. The drug charges culminated from an investigation that included a raid on a high-end condominium in Long Island City. Law enforcement authorities believed a synthetic drug lab was being operated out of the New York City waterfront apartment complex. At the same time, another raid was taking place in an adjacent state near the home of the woman also facing drug crime charges.
The two defendants are accused of conspiring to distribute controlled substance analogies, and distributing and possession with intent to distribute those controlled substance analogues. The charges mean each of the accused individuals could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. Both were being held in custody pending bail hearings.
Being charged with a drug crime is a very serious criminal offense. Those accused would do well to seek out the expertise of an attorney experienced in criminal law at both the state and federal level. Being convicted of any federal crime could have serious, life-altering consequences. Nevertheless, those facing such charges have the right to a meticulous defense.
A criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in the criminal litigation process when it comes to accusations of drug crime will review the evidence to identify procedural issues with regard to a criminal investigation, including warrants obtained, raids conducted and property seized. Once pinpointed, those issues may be raised in court as part of an application to dismiss the pending charges and/or exclude certain prosecution evidence at trial. A savvy defense lawyer in New York will review every case on an individual basis to chart out the best course of action. A tough defense team will be focused on a favorable outcome for those accused and will work to minimize any negative impacts on a client.
Source: NBC New York, "2 Arrested in Sweeping Designer Drug Bust After Overdose Death; Synthetic Lab Operated Out of Luxury Long Island City High-Rise, Investigators Say", Joe Valiquette and Lori Bordonaro, Sept. 10, 2017