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Criminal defense: New York men face drug charges

An investigation that began in January has resulted in three arrests on Long Island, according to local sources. New York police arrested three men believed to be responsible for selling narcotics out of a barber shop authorities say they used as a front for their alleged activities. For the moment, it is unclear whether the men have retained criminal defense counsel in advance of a trial date which has not been announced.

The three men, aged 41, 64 and 33 respectively, were all arrested following a lengthy investigation by Suffolk County authorities into potential sale of fentanyl (falsely labeled as heroin) and cocaine. All three men are believed to have either worked at or patronized the barber shop fingered as the potential source of these drugs. Police believe two of the men coordinated narcotics sales while a third man was also involved peripherally.

It is currently believed that the men sold some $50,000 a month out of this operation. Search warrants were executed on Oct. 4 to investigate the barber shop, where police say they found some 20 grams of cocaine, along with considerable paraphernalia and firearms. The men now face multiple charges, including criminal sale of controlled substances, possession of firearms, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, among several other charges. If they are convicted, they could spend up to 20 years in prison.

The stakes of this case are obviously high for the defendants, who could lose their freedom if they are found guilty. However, they are entitled under federal and New York state law to the presumption of innocence, and they will be represented in court by individual criminal defense attorneys. These experienced individuals will work with their clients to build compelling cases in their defense against the numerous charges filed against them.

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