Author Archives: Thomas Nugent

Dr. Rogelio Lucas and Lydia Lucas Convicted on 30 Counts: Conspiracy and Criminal Sale of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today that a Manhattan Supreme Court jury returned a guilty verdict against Dr. ROGELIO LUCAS and his wife LYDIA LUCAS, who managed her husband’s medical practice. The LUCASES were convicted on one count of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree and 29 counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance following a four-week trial. A licensed internist since 1972, Dr. LUCAS surrendered his medical license in April of 2016 while criminal charges were pending.

As proven at trial, Dr. LUCAS and LYDIA LUCAS operated a medical practice at …

The Hard-to-Trace Ingredient Behind Skyrocketing Cocaine Deaths

The Atlantic - In the United States, more people are dying because of synthetic drugs like fentanyl than because of heroin or prescribed painkillers. While, to many, the opioid crisis has been synonymous with heroin and prescription pills, a report published Tuesday in JAMA Psychiatry builds the case that the class of synthetic drug is increasingly making its way into other drugs like cocaine and leading to overdoses. From 2010 to 2016, more and more overdose deaths have been found to be caused, at least in part, by drugs like fentanyl.

In a way, this isn’t exactly news. The same …

America’s Fentanyl Problem Is Reaching a Whole New Group of Users

Mother Jones - On a clear day in the summer of 2016, an ambulance arrived at the Yale New Haven Hospital carrying a man in his 60s with the classic signs of an opioid overdose: His breathing had stopped, his heart had slowed, and his blood pressure had dropped. Over the next six hours, 11 more people were admitted with similar symptoms, three of whom died. At first, the cause of the overdose cluster appeared to be the usual: Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, had probably made its way into a batch of …

DA: Largest opioids seizure in Suffolk County history

Newsday - Federal agents seized more than 90 pounds of fentanyl and heroin with a $10 million street value — the largest opioid bust in Suffolk history — and charged a major supplier to Long Island drug dealers, the county’s top prosecutor said Thursday.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant Wednesday of a Wyandanch home and recovered 33 bags of heroin and fentanyl, Suffolk District Attorney Timothy Sini said.

William Velasquez, 38, who lives in the home, faces charges of operating as a major drug trafficker and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Cash, weapons, Lamborghini seized in major drug bust in Queens, Brooklyn

LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens (WABC) -- Four suspects were arrested in Queens and Brooklyn overnight Wednesday in what is being described as a major drug bust.

The bust was the result of a long-running investigation that began with two overdose deaths involving fentanyl-laced heroin -- one in Bay Ridge in 2016 and one in Kew Gardens in May of 2017.

The alleged ringleader was identified as 35-year-old Dionne Sharrow (AKA "Slay"), who was arrested at his apartment in a luxury high-rise on 51st Avenue in Long Island City. Among the property seized there was a loaded firearm, approximately $500,000 in …

Four NYC Narcotics Suppliers Indicted in Sales of Heroin, Fentanyl and Cocaine: Fatal Overdoses Sparked Investigation


More than 10 kilograms of suspected narcotics, four guns, a Lamborghini and over $600,000 recovered in court authorized searches

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today the arrest and indictment of four individuals in connection with sales of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. The investigation was sparked by two fatal overdoses in Brooklyn and Queens.

Today, four alleged narcotics suppliers, DIONNE SHARROW, aka “Slay,” PABLO VALLECILLO, aka “Cito,” ANTONIO LOPEZ and JASON KEATING, are schedule to be arraigned before Manhattan Supreme Court …

Six Charged in Multi-State Cocaine Trafficking Scheme: Upper West Side Apartment Served as Base of Operation


Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New York Division, and George P. Beach II, Superintendent of the New York State Police, announced today the indictment of six individuals in connection with a scheme to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine each week in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars.

An indictment filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor is the result of an eight-month investigation by DEA Long Island Division Office Task Force …