Police in Montauk have taken seriously the complaints of residents regarding the increase in drug trafficking in their hamlet during the summer months. Working with numerous agencies, including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, local New York police officers claim to have brought down a drug ring that extended across the country and even beyond the U.S. borders. Those charged with involvement in this operation would benefit from a strong criminal defense.
Police say it did not take them long to target the 16 men accused of numerous crimes from possession to conspiracy. Many of the accused are seasonal workers at some of the resort town's most popular restaurants and bars. Investigators say those arrested sold the drugs to patrons of the establishments, charging as much as three times to going rate for cocaine, oxycodone and Xanax. Some of the accused are believed to have conducted business from the residences provided for them by their employers.
Investigators obtained search warrants and executed them at five different locations. They reportedly confiscated over $100,000 in cash, as well as pills, cocaine, cell phones and drug paraphernalia. Charges against some of the men are even more serious because they allegedly received the illegal substances, as well as cash payment, through the U.S. mail.
While New York investigators and residents may be relieved to have the alleged drug ring broken up, those accused of these crimes have a long road ahead of them. Despite the allegations, anyone accused of a crime is entitled to the protection of his or her rights and the representation of a strong criminal defense attorney. An experienced legal advocate will work for the most positive outcome for those accused of crimes.