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Drug Charges Archives

Search and seizure: Searching a student's vehicle at school

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. This means that for a search to be legal, it has to meet the "reasonableness standard." The circumstances around the search must be measured against the overall intrusiveness of the search and the interests of the government. If a police officer cannot prove that a search was necessary, then it will always be considered unreasonable.

How cocaine-related offenses are punished in Connecticut

New York has long been the breeding ground for illicit drug business. In an effort to combat its image as an enabler of the illicit drug trade, it's implemented strict penalties for drug-related offenses in the last few years. As punishments for drug crimes have become more serious in New York, a significant portion of the drug trade has moved just north into Connecticut.

Connecticut man facing multiple charges after woman's overdose

If you're involved with selling, distributing or in any way providing illegal drugs, you may find yourself not only facing drug charges, but dealing with the legal ramifications of harm or death caused by those drugs. A 21-year-old Connecticut man is facing multiple charges after a woman reportedly nearly died on July 2 after taking a heroin/fentanyl mix that he allegedly sold her.

Attorney General instructs prosecutors to seek longer sentences

People convicted of federal crimes can expect longer sentences than they may have gotten even six months ago. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called on federal prosecutors to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" in the cases they handle.

Sentences you may face if you share your prescription drugs

If you take a prescription drug for a common medical ailment, you might know someone else that takes either the same thing or another comparable drug. If you've forgotten your prescription or you've been in a situation where your illness has struck at an inopportune moment, you might have even taken your friend or family member up on their offer of one of their pills in hopes that your condition would improve.

Police raises concern as pot legalization looks more likely

Some Connecticut state legislators are working to legalize marijuana for recreational use in our state. Currently, it's legal only for medicinal purposes. Eight states as well as Washington, D.C. have thus far legalized recreational marijuana, including our neighbors in Massachusetts.

Connecticut man facing 'drug kingpin' charges involving marijuana

A Connecticut man is in serious legal trouble after being arrested in Maryland for allegedly having 124 pounds of marijuana in his minivan. He's facing charges unique to that state -- being a "drug kingpin."

Elephant tranquilizer could be latest dangerous synthetic opioid

Yet another type of opioid is gaining popularity here in Connecticut -- so much so that the Department of Public Health has distributed a fact sheet from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to local Connecticut emergency medical services on the drug.

Adderall use without a prescription is increasing among students

Prescription drugs that used to be chiefly prescribed to children for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are increasingly be used and abused by adults. They've become especially popular amount high school and college students (particularly those in elite, highly competitive universities) seeking the energy they need to juggle schoolwork, extracurricular activities and often part-time jobs or internships. In addition, they face the pressure of crushing student loan debt in an economy where unemployment rates for recent college graduates has been quite high.

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