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Accused Drug Trafficker Indicted in Connection with 40 Pounds of Fentanyl Recovered from Bronx Hotel


Accused Drug Trafficker Indicted in Connection with 40 Pounds of Fentanyl Recovered from Bronx Hotel

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 James P. O’Neill, Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced the indictment of defendant CARLOS RAMIREZ in connection with the seizure of 18 kilograms (nearly 40 pounds) of fentanyl, a …

CDC says illicit fentanyl is causing a spike in synthetic opioid deaths

The Register-Herald - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), as opposed to pharmaceutical fentanyl, is the main driver of the recent increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids (other than methadone).

From 2010 to 2015, annual overdose deaths involving opioids in the U.S. increased by nearly 57 percent, with a notable rise in deaths attributed to synthetic opioids, which are opioids made from chemicals in a lab, such as fentanyl, tramadol and Demerol. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

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East Harlem Gang Probe: 17 Arrests and Guns Seized
NYC Department of Correction Auditor Arrested for Cocaine Sales
NYC Firefighter Sold Drugs at Firehouse
Man Returning from Music Festival Arrested with Drugs
Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Seized in Harlem
Brooklyn Crack Dealer’s Plan to Sell Fireworks Fizzles
Heroin Investigation Leads to Weapons Seizure
Over 15 Pounds of Fentanyl Seized on the Upper West Side

Record-Breaking Heroin Packaging Operation Dismantled
Truck Axle and Drive Shaft Filled with 100 Pounds of Heroin
Fentanyl Marketed as Heroin in Queens Drug Sale
Over 65 Pounds of Heroin in Croton-on-Hudson
$5 Million in Heroin Seized at Inwood

Probe into Staten Island woman’s OD death leads to bust of narcotics traffickers, say officials

Staten Island Advance - Spurred by a probe into a 24-year-old woman's overdose death in West Brighton nine months ago, authorities have dismantled an alleged narcotics-trafficking ring which peddled heroin, fentanyl and cocaine on Staten Island, around the city and in Newark, N.J., authorities said Wednesday.

Three borough residents were among the seven suspects arrested, including Mack (Butter) Patterson, 33, who authorities believe supplied the deadly drugs, stamped with the brand name "Passion," to the victim.

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Goldman Sachs thinks the opioid crisis is so bad it’s affecting the economy

CNBC - The opioid crisis has major costs for the U.S. economy, including the labor market, David Mericle, senior U.S. economist at Goldman Sachs, said in a Wednesday note.

The report is one of the first from a major Wall Street bank focused on the growing epidemic killing more than 90 Americans every day.

"The opioid epidemic is intertwined with the story of declining prime-age participation, especially for men, and this reinforces our doubts about a rebound in the participation rate," Mericle said.

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