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New York gym owner charged with selling steroids, painkillers

On July 17, the owner of a New York gym was taken into police custody and charged with four felonies after he was accused of possessing and selling prescription painkillers and anabolic steroids. According to the report, the Glens Falls gym had become popular with teenagers and high school students.

The incident took place after the police and federal investigators conducted an investigation that lasted several months. The report stated that the gym owner sold oxycodone pills, which are available only by prescription, to an undercover officer. On July 17, the authorities served search warrants at the gym and at the man's home. From the gym, the police allegedly recovered steroids and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Bronx man facing charges of resisting arrest sues NYPD

Authorities reported that a 39-year-old man accused of biting an officer while resisting detention filed a $50 million lawsuit against the New York Police Department, claiming police brutality. The lawsuit stems from a June 3 incident in New York.

According to the lawsuit, the 39-year-old man was blamed for an arson fire inside a Courtland Avenue building where the man's girlfriend lived. As a result, police allegedly sought to detain the 39-year-old man with handcuffs.

New York man to be sentenced for selling illegal synthetic drugs

A New York man who reportedly sold illegal synthetic drugs in his multi-store chain was scheduled to be sentenced on July 8 after being found guilty of committing various drug crimes. According to the report, the man, aged 34, pleaded guilty to six felony charges related to possessing a synthetic drug that had a similar chemical makeup to controlled substances in December 2012.

The charges were filed during a major crackdown on synthetic drugs that occurred in 2012. For these charges, he might receive close to nine years in jail and have to pay thousands of dollars in fines.

New York man charged with 5th drunk driving offense

A 29-year-old Utica man has been remanded without bail for what is apparently his fifth DWI after allegedly knocking over and uprooting a signpost on July 5. He was formally charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC greater than .08 percent, unlicensed operator, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, second-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without a required ignition interlock device.

The property damage accident took place outside a retail outlet on French Road in New Hartford around 6:20 p.m. Acting on information from witnesses, the police located the accused sitting in his car outside a nearby supermarket. His blood alcohol level was allegedly .13 percent, according to police. The man had recently been released from state prison, where he was serving time for a previous conviction for DWI.

Duo detained in the Bronx after masquerading as deputies

Police have detained a pair of men on charges related to their alleged impersonation of police officers in the Bronx. Officers initially encountered the men as a result of a traffic stop after they reportedly spotted one of the men texting while driving. After they pulled the car over, the officers allegedly discovered that both the 25-year-old driver and his 24-year-old passenger were wearing badges from the Passaic County Sheriff's Department. The driver was also allegedly wearing a gun belt.

Police claim that the driver offered a false name and said that he was a police officer when he was asked for identification. After calling the Passaic County Sheriff's Department, police say that they ascertained that men were not actually deputies and that the badges had been stolen from a retired officer. Officers seized a Walther .380 handgun and a magazine that also allegedly belonged to the retired officer.

Actor's son faces drug charges after traffic stop

New York residents might have heard that Robert Downey Jr. thanked the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for its part in his son being detained on June 29 and charged with drug possession. Deputies pulled over the vehicle in which Downey's son was a passenger in West Hollywood for unknown reasons. There were two others in the vehicle, but neither of them were detained.

Downey released his statement the following day. He emphasized that there is a genetic component to addiction and that his son likely inherited it; he spent time in prison and rehabilitation due to his own drug use. He also lost several acting roles because of it. He went on to say that he was grateful for the previous day's intervention and that he hopes that his son can become a recovery story.

Bronx man and woman detained on drug charges after chase

Two New York residents have been detained on numerous charges related to drug possession and attempting to flee police in the aftermath of a Ramapo Police chase. The pursuit began after a Ramapo Police officer reportedly spotted a man holding a plastic bag of what the officer believed to be drugs in a stopped vehicle; the other occupant of the vehicle, a woman, had stepped outside to remove debris from the vehicle. After the officer opened one of the vehicle's doors to investigate further, the man allegedly took off, forcing the officer into a narrow space against a parked car.

The officer gave chase, reportedly pursuing the vehicle to Red School House Road, where it crashed into a tree; neither occupant of the vehicle was injured. The driver has been charged with felony cocaine possession, felony tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental administration, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing police, and possession of marijuana. The man also received a total of 33 traffic tickets. The female passenger was detained on felony drug possession charges.

2 New York men accused of possessing 177 bags of heroin

On June 23, police took two men accused of having numerous bags of heroin in their New York City hotel room into custody on charges of drug possession. According to authorities, police raided the hotel room at approximately 11:45 a.m. and discovered several cell phones, a laptop computer, packaging materials and about $4,800 in cash, besides the heroin.

Police said a 20-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were renting the hotel room, and both were present during the raid. Police charged the men with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, which is a felony count.

Police accuse 2 women of possession

Police in the Bronx have taken two women into custody on suspicion of drug crimes. Authorities say that the women were found with heroin, including 19 bricks of the substance, the street value of which is estimated to be about $4.75 million. In addition, a search of the home that the women share reportedly uncovered more than $5,000 in cash. Police have charged them with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A source says that officers made the arrest after a long-term investigation into a suspected heroin-packaging location near 180th Street and Creston Avenue. Police allege that both of the women were present at the location before driving away together. When they reached a garage on the 1700 block of Morris Avenue, police detained their vehicle and took both women into custody. A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly revealed the heroin in question, some of which was concealed in a hidden compartment, according to a report.

New York man detained in deadly bar beating

Police have detained a New York man in relation to the death of a patron at a Staten Island bar that occurred in the early hours of June 10. Police responded to the bar at approximately 3:30 a.m. after receiving an emergency call and discovered a 46-year-old man lying on the ground outside. Authorities pronounced him dead at the scene.

The 23-year-old who was detained after the incident has been charged second-degree manslaughter and assault. According to the defendant's attorney, the defendant left the scene of the alleged crime without any knowledge of the victim's death. The attorney stated that his client was attacked after an incident in the bar and that he left quickly afterwards.

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