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What is the New York State and Federal Statute of limitations for the importation into the US of drugs?

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I have a friend who imported about 2.5 Liters of Ketamine into the US in 2004. Is she still prosecutable under either New York State or Federal law?

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Generally, the statute of limitations is 5 years for state and Fed's.

Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)

I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.


Under new York state law there is a five year statute of limitations. Under federal law it would be five years of the most recent act of a provable conspiracy. A face to face consultation with a criminal attorney might be best. Good luck.

I have been a criminal defense attorney in New York for over 20 years. website: Phone #: 718-208-6094 email: This answer is only for informational purposes and is not meant as legal advice.


5 years but if it was part of any on-going conspiracy it could come in.

I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 385-8015 or via email at The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.

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