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Heroin packaging operation dismantled in Inwood: Over $5 million in heroin seized, 10 arrests

100s of stamps with brand names, including “$INCOME TAX”

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, and Chief Security Officer Thomas Belfiore and Superintendent of Police Michael Fedorko, both of Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, announced the arrests of 10 members of a major drug trafficking operation in the Inwood section of Manhattan. Approximately 10 kilograms of heroin (22 lbs.), including five kilograms of powdered heroin and 150,000 individual dose …

Two Members of Violent Street Gang GS9 Convicted of Murder and Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, and Other Crimes

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today that a jury has convicted RASHID DERISSANT and ALEX CRANDON for the February 2013 murder of a 19-year-old rival gang member in Brooklyn, and numerous acts of violence in New York City and Miami Beach.  The conspiracy began with crack dealing in Brooklyn, spanned nearly two years, and was connected to the Crip gang known as “GS9.”

After an eight week long trial and four days of deliberation, a Manhattan Supreme Court jury found DERRISANT, 24 and CRANDON, 22, guilty on charges of Conspiracy in the Second and Fourth …

Father and son charged with running prescription drug trafficking and forgery ring

$1.5 million in painkillers funnelled onto black market

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division (DEA), Steven Banks, Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services (HRA), and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker announced today the indictment and arrests of accused drug kingpin NELSON QUEZADA SR. and his son RIQUELVIN QUEZADA for running a prescription drug trafficking ring that forged and filled prescriptions for approximately $1.5 million in oxycodone, a highly addictive opioid painkiller.…

The Opinion Pages/Letters Deaths and Broken Lives From Drug Overdoses

New York Times – January 28, 2016

To the Editor:

Your compelling article “Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Whites” (front page, Jan. 17) ends with this quote: “There are people whose lives are so hard they break.” But we know that lives don’t break overnight. Most people with substance use disorders started using alcohol or other drugs before the age of 18, when the brain is still developing and teenagers are vulnerable.

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