In two Bronx housing projects this week, local and federal law enforcement swept down to sweep up a major drug problem. Fifty three people have been indicted for various drug and weapons charges following the bust, and at least several gang members.
Melrose Houses and the adjacent projects, Andrew Jackson Houses, have experienced a surge in gang related violence over the past several years, according to this report from the New York Times. With one gang running their drug operation from Melrose and the other from Andrew Jackson it was like two competing businesses being right next door to each other.
Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly is reported as estimating the annual income of these drug gangs to top $3 million, an amount that many people would fight over.
It seems the drugs of choice were heroin and crack cocaine as officials were said to have recovered 1,000 baggies of heroin, hundreds of grams of crack, and $18,000.
While some of the arrestees are facing federal charges for their role, the majority will be charged in the New York state criminal courts. Considering the vast network they were acting in, many are likely at risk of fairly length prison terms.
Residents of those projects are optimistic that this may lead to a drop in violence and the open market of drugs that plagued their community.
Most drug charges that we see on a consistent basis are nothing like those described in this news report. The vast majority of drug charges are against small time dealers and recreational users. Many people can fit into these categories and they aren’t always the gang bangers and hooligans that some think.
Distribution charges can carry very serious repercussions. However, possession charges need to be taken seriously as well. Depending on the circumstances, possession of a controlled substance could carry up to 3 years in prison.
As your defense attorney it would be my job to take a look at all the facts of your case and come up with a strategy. Perhaps we can challenge the search that netted the evidence against you. We may also be able to work out a deal with the prosecutor.
If you are facing any type of drug charge in New York, I can help. Contact me today to discuss your case.