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A number of alleged gang members were sentenced to prison for drug trafficking convictions. One 47-year-old man claimed to have taken part in a conspiracy to distribute narcotics was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison. A 23-year-old man was also sentenced to five years in prison.

The claims made against the individuals were quite serious. The two apparently confessed to distribution 300 grams of heroin and 700 grams of crack cocaine. The drugs were said to have been shipped into New York from out-of-state. It was claimed that the so-called conspirators pooled their sources when agreeing to the transporting and trafficking of the drugs. 

The attorney for the 47-year-old man told about his client’s early exposure to poverty and the abuse he suffered at the hands of his parents. He had to beg for money until he was able to save enough to travel to the U.S. Even while in our country he suffered hardship and was forced to sleep in bus terminals. He was also considered in the lower-level when it came to participation in this alleged drug operation.

Federal drug conspiracy charges like these individuals faced carries with it a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and the possibility of a life sentence. However, as in so many alleged criminal conspiracies, it’s often difficult to know what roles if any parties actually played. This particular investigation reportedly involved use of confidential informants, undercover police officers and extensive surveillance. It’s difficult to know from information that we’ve been provided whether the testimony or evidence used to charge these individuals was reliable or legally proper.

To avoid facing serious penalties, please speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney before making any confessions or attempting to negotiate a better sentence with law enforcement officers or prosecuting attorneys. 

Source: PressConnects.com, "Gang members get prison for city drug trafficking," Anthony Borrelli, May 14, 2014

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