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New York man detained on drug charges after traffic stop

After a Saranac Lake driver was stopped for allegedly speeding, he was detained when police reportedly found hypodermic needles and 41 bags containing heroin in his possession. The traffic stop occurred on the evening of July 22 in North Elba.

New York State Police say they detained the 28-year-old man and charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, which is a Class B felony. Authorities did not disclose the exact amount of heroin that was contained in the 41 bags.

Man accused of robbing a woman at fake gunpoint

A 29-year-old man was accused of robbing a woman at her Bronx apartment after binding her hands and feet with duct tape on July 25. The incident took place in Bedford Park sometime during the evening while the woman had been walking into her apartment. The man is now facing several criminal charges that include harassment, robbery and unlawful imprisonment.

According to what the woman told her building superintendent, the accused man pushed her onto her bed, restrained her with duct tape, held a fake gun to her head and threatened to kill her. Once she was restrained, the man allegedly stole money, jewelry and a cellphone. When the man fled, the woman reportedly ran to the window and alerted bystanders.

2 men accused of smoking drugs in children's restaurant

New York parents who frequent family friendly restaurant establishments may be shocked to hear that two men, aged 28 and 27, were caught allegedly smoking heroin in the men's bathroom of a California Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. According to the report, the incident occurred on July 8 when a customer reported suspicious activity after observing the two men sharing a stall.

The authorities alleged that the men were waiting at the restaurant to meet up with their drug supplier. When the police arrived on scene, they alleged that both of the men were under the influence of heroin. Additionally, when they were taken into custody, police stated that they recovered a small amount of heroin and associated drug paraphernalia.

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.

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