Three teenagers were arrested for drug possession following a traffic stop by Nassau County Police. One of the men was linked to an 18-year-old student’s nonfatal overdose that occurred inside the classroom of an unspecified New York high school.
Investigators identified Kevin Staiano, 18, as the individual who sold drugs to the overdose victim. Staiano was a passenger in a car being driven by Brandon Bromberg, 18, when they were pulled over during the traffic stop.
Officers searched their vehicle and found a backpack that contained a cache of drugs including Ecstasy, Xanax, cocaine, marijuana, ketamine and psilocybin mushrooms. Authorities also learned that Staiano was sharing a rented apartment in Queens with Nicholas Gennaro, 19. They discovered even more drugs there, along with $8,000 in cash. The drugs were estimated to have a total street value of around $500,000.
All three teenagers were charged with drug possession. Staiano was charged with 19 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Gennaro was charged with 11 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second and third degrees. Bromberg was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal facilitation in the second degree.
While prison sentences are likely for individuals facing drug possession charges, penalties are determined based on a number of factors. These include the circumstances of the drug transaction, the quantity of drugs found and whether the person was carrying a weapon. If you are facing drug charges, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Brill Legal Group today. We know how to fight for a reduced sentence, or even have the charges dismissed altogether.