November 25, 2014
BATH, NY – The Steuben County Legislature has passed three new drug laws, which District Attorney Brooks Baker and other officials designed to make drug trafficking more difficult.
The county has authorized the following:
* The seizure and forfeiture of property associated with misdemeanor drug-related crimes.
* Prevent individuals from knowingly hosting underage drinking and drugging social events on private property.
* Prohibit the purchase, attempted purchase, and possession of pseudophedrine, in excess of federal limits.
County legislative spokesperson Mary Perham says that a fourth law, aimed at formalizing the tracking of sales by second hand dealers, was amended by legislators in order to clarify the exemption of garage sales from the law. According to county officials, there was a part of the law that did not allow residents to have garage sales for several days in a row, and legislators believed that part of the law was too restrictive. The reason: if a resident wanted to hold a garage sale for several weekends in a row, the new law would have made that more difficult. Officials say that the intent of the law is to cut back on those who steal items, and then sell them to second hand dealers afterwards, not to punish everyone.
Baker told the county legislature that the laws will act as a deterrent and give law officers other tools in pursuing illegal drug and alcohol charges.