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Pill Bottles Beside the Dead Shared a Doctor’s Name

New York Times - One day in 2013, Eliot Castillo, a 35-year-old clothing store worker and father of two, walked out of his doctor’s office in Flushing, Queens, with a prescription for Xanax.

Three days later, he was found on his mother’s couch in Jamaica, Queens, dead of an overdose of that drug and oxycodone. His doctor’s name was on a prescription bottle for Percocet nearby: Dr. Lawrence Choy.

That same name would appear on pill bottles found near two other fatal overdoses in 2014 and 2016, authorities said.

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Pill-pushing Queens doctor charged in opioid deaths of three drug overdose victims

Daily News - A doctor who prescribed addictive painkillers and other controlled substances that resulted in three overdose deaths in New York was as much of a menace as a drug dealer pushing poison on the street, authorities said Thursday.

Lawrence Choy was arrested in Wisconsin, where he moved after local investigators visited the Flushing, Queens, office he used while treating the patients who died after taking drugs he allegedly prescribed.

Along with prescribing high-dosage prescriptions of addictive opioid painkillers, Choy allegedly disregarded federal guidelines by pushing other drugs that suppress a person’s respiration.

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DEA: Pair smuggled heroin inside boxes of tomatoes

New York Post - A saucy pair of drug dealers allegedly hid 22 pounds of heroin — worth $3 million — inside cardboard boxes of plum tomatoes.

Agents found four pounds of the heroin when they pulled Abel Abad and David Collazo over last month as they drove Abad’s 2007 Dodge Caliber through Upper Manhattan — stashed under the false bottom of a dicey box of tomatoes on the rear passenger seat, officials said.

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Doctor Indicted on Manslaughter and Reckless Endangerment Charges in Three Overdose Deaths

      

Prescribed Controlled Substances in High Dosages and Dangerous Combinations

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, New York City Human Resource Administration (HRA) Commissioner Steven Banks, George P. Beach II, the Superintendent of the New York State Police (NYSP), Angel M. Melendez, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today the indictment …

Two Charged in Scheme to Smuggle Heroin from Chicago to New York City inside Tomato Boxes

     

Over 22 pounds of heroin with a street value of more than $3 million

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, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced today the arrest and indictment of two individuals in connection with a conspiracy to traffic heroin between Chicago, Ill. and New York City.

Defendants ABEL ABAD and DAVID COLLAZO are scheduled to be arraigned …

NY1 looks into NYC’s opioid crisis with a special report and town hall

NY 1 - NY1 on Tuesday night looked into the opioid epidemic in the city with a special report, along with a live town hall, at which safe injection sites were hotly debated.

That special report introduced us to people who are touched by the opioid epidemic, people battling opioid addiction, law enforcement who work to cut supplies on the streets, families that have lost oved ones.

The live town law hall event included some of them and other New Yorkers who have been personally affected.

Earlier this month the city released a study showing the mayor's support to pilot …

K2 Eyed as Culprit After 14 People Overdose in Brooklyn

New York Times - Efraín Rodriguez said he had never witnessed anything like what happened on Saturday near the Brooklyn cafe where he works.

As he was standing outside the Loma Coffee Shop on Broadway, near Myrtle Avenue, in the heart of a bustling transit hub, several people who were smoking started falling to the ground, Mr. Rodriguez, 47, a janitor, recalled on Sunday.

“They would take two puffs and bam, they’d drop right there,” he said. “People just started falling to the ground. Right here, there were three strewn on the sidewalk,” he added, pointing toward the pavement. “Over …

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