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‘The Numbers Are So Staggering.’ Overdose Deaths Set a Record Last Year.

NY Times - A class of synthetic drugs has replaced heroin in many major American drug markets, ushering in a more deadly phase of the opioid epidemic.

New numbers Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, a record. Overdose deaths are higher than deaths from H.I.V., car crashes or gun violence at their peaks. The data also show that the increased deaths correspond strongly with the use of synthetic opioids known as fentanyls.

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Pharmacist Arrested in Diversion of 5,000 Oxycodone Pills Worth up to $150,000 from a Pharmacy in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Pharmacist Arrested in Diversion of 5,000 Oxycodone Pills Worth up to $150,000 from a Pharmacy in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Keith G. Kruskall, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York State Medicaid Inspector General Dennis Rosen and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced today the arrest of pharmacist HOI IN MUI, aka “Annie,” for allegedly diverting thousands of oxycodone pills from the Brooklyn pharmacy where she was employed to the black market and for forging prescriptions.

As a result of an investigation by …

Ten Indicted Following more than 70 Sales of Narcotics at Brooklyn’s Farragut Houses

Ten Indicted Following more than 70 Sales of Narcotics at Brooklyn’s Farragut Houses

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced today the arrest and indictment of 10 individuals in connection with an investigation that involved more than 70 sales of heroin and crack cocaine in the vicinity of the Farragut Houses, a New York City Housing Authority residential development bordering the Brooklyn Navy Yard and in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Nine separate indictments filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics …

Black Market Pill Distribution Operation Working Out of NYC Apartment Busted: Prosecutors

NBC New York - A building superintendent let two alleged members of a “large-scale black market pill distribution ring” use a vacant studio apartment and boiler room to make and package heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine pills, prosecutors said.

An undercover officer met up with the suspected ring members, Agustin Vasquez-Chavez and Yefri Hernandez-Ozoria, in the Jerome Park neighborhood of the Bronx on July 31 of this year, where the officer paid them $5,000 in cash for a bag they said contained more than 860 oxycodone pills and 50 ecstasy pills, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City …

Drug dealer took the ferry, brought his kids on a drug buy: cops

NY Daily News - A Staten Island drug dealer who moved to the Bronx continued to commute back and forth on the ferry to peddle his product — and brought his kids on a drug buy, officials said Thursday.

Steven Ildefonso was one of six suspects arrested and indicted Thursday in connection with a Staten Island heroin and fentanyl distribution ring that partnered with narcotics suppliers in the Bronx and Upper West Side.

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