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New York sues to shutter site of major drug crime

In an attempt to thwart the sale of illegal narcotics that resulted in six overdoses in 16 months, the city recently filed a lawsuit to shutter a Staten Island apartment. The Graniteville complex is home to a New York residence which is allegedly a major drug crime scene where two deaths have occurred among the overdoses. Illegal drugs have also been sold out of the home, according to the authorities.

The first floor apartment was the scene where two men, ages 34 and 52, died from drug overdoses in 2016 and 2017.  The 34-year-old suffered a nonfatal overdose prior to the one that ended his life.  The complaint lodged by the city says the home has also been the site of sales of fentanyl-laced heroin.

In a raid on the residence in March of this year, police say they found cocaine, buprenorphine, marijuana and heroin. At that time, the 30-year-old son of the 52-year-old overdose victim was arrested and charged with misdemeanor drug possession (eight counts), marijuana possession and possessing a hypodermic needle.  The city wants to close the location for a year and slap a $1,000 a day penalty on the defendant -- the owner of the complex -- for intentionally conducting, maintaining or permitting a public nuisance. 

Being convicted of a drug crime can have life-altering consequences. New York residents facing this type of charge may fare better in court by having the guidance of a savvy criminal defense team. Most drug charges come after some kind of search. Having an attorney experienced on search and seizure law may ensure all defenses are explored.

Source: silive.com, "City sues to shutter Graniteville apartment, the site of two fatal drug ODs", Frank Donnelly, April 27, 2018

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