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Operation Dot Com Weeds Fools Out of the NYC Drug Trade

Craigslist. It’s a combination of normal people selling used furniture, others providing “sensual massages,” and surprisingly enough, an active drug trade. Right now, you’re thinking, “no one could be that stupid.” Oh but they were, reports the New York Daily News.

Operation “Dot Com” just ended with indictments for 21 people for selling drugs on craigslist. The shopping list included heroin, Xanax, Adderal, cocaine, and a few other controlled substances. The NYPD did the obvious thing and replied to the ads, catching 21 dealers in 11 months selling approximately $19,000 in pills and $10,400 in cocaine.

"Study longer and without anxiety! Be professional and not law enforcement."

"Friendly Nyu student who can offer pain relief and anxiety relief. Easy, non-sketchy, straightforward meeting"

The dealers range in age from 22 to 62 and include students, celebrity photographers, and a dot com entrepreneur.

Obviously, the punishment for each offender is going to depend on the type of drug and quantity sold. However, selling any controlled substance is a felony. In fact, the lightest possible charge for selling a controlled substance is a class D felony, which carries up to a seven year sentence. The most severe is a class A felony, which means life behind bars.

Certainly, diversion programs and alternative sentences are an option for first time offenders, as otherwise, our prisons would be full of unintelligent college students withdrawing from Adderal addictions. However, for those who are repeat offenders or who are caught with larger quantities, their craigslist stupidity could end up in a couple of decades in prison, housed with violent offenders.

New York's drug possession and dealing laws are incredibly complicated and depend on a number of factors, including quantity, type, and the salesperson's prior offenses. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask the community at FindLaw Answers or consider contacting a local attorney.

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