September 11, 2014
BATH, NY – “We want Steuben County to be a rotten place to buy and sell drugs,” Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker told the committee Monday.
Baker says that the Steuben County Legislature is looking at passing four anti-drug laws that have the support of local, county and state law enforcement agencies and aim to reduce the supplemental crimes associated with drug use, Baker said.
The four laws would:
* Authorize the seizure and forfeiture of property associated with drug-related misdemeanor crimes.
* Prevent adults from knowingly hosting underage drinking and drugging social events on private property.
* Prevent secondhand shop owners from fencing stolen property.
* Prohibit the purchase, attempted purchase, and possession of pseudophedrine in excess of federal limits.
Bake says that the laws would act as a deterrent and give law officers other tools in pursuing illegal drug and alcohol charges.
If approved by the committee in October, the laws would be presented to the Legislature in late October with a public hearing and final vote by the county board slated for the end of November.