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Death toll from tainted cocaine rising across the country

NBC News- A pain pill prescription for nerve damage revived Gwendolyn Barton’s long-dormant addiction last year, awakening fears she would slip back into smoking crack cocaine.

She’d done that drug and others for about 20 years before getting sober in 2008. But things were different back then. This time, the 62-year-old knew she needed to seek treatment before it was too late.

 “If I used today,” she said, “I’d be dead.”

The powerful opioid fentanyl is often mixed into cocaine, turning the stimulant into a much bigger killer than the drug of the past.

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Judge cites new bail law, frees drug dealer facing lifetime in prison after Upper East Side OD

Daily News- A drug-dealing suspect who allegedly laughed off the death of a man who died overdosing on drugs sold by his crew was freed on bail Thursday — and praised the politicians who approved new bail laws a judge cited in letting him free.

“Cuomo for president!” Jose Jorge proclaimed in Spanish as he hustled out of Manhattan Supreme Court.

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Nine Charged in Alleged Drug Trafficking: Overdoses in the Bronx and Westchester Sparked Investigation

Over 30 Lbs. of Heroin and Fentanyl, Five Handguns, an Assault Rifle and $170,000 Cash Recovered

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New York Division and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced charges against nine alleged members of a criminal organization that trafficked in heroin and the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl in the Soundview section of the Bronx and in Westchester County.

A long-term …

Multi-Drug Packaging Mill Dismantled in the Bronx: Over 13 lbs. of Fentanyl and Quantities of Heroin, Cocaine and Methamphetamine

      

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Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Ray Donovan, 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 State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced the seizure of six kilograms of suspected fentanyl (over 13 lbs.) and quantities of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine destined for distribution in New York City.

On October 8, 2019, members of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (DETF) Group T-12 were …

Five Charged in Sales of Fentanyl and Heroin in Brooklyn

Overdoses Linked to Organization, Drug Death in Staten Island

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon announced today the arrest and indictment of five alleged members of a Sunset Park, Brooklyn-based criminal organization that allegedly trafficked in a variety of narcotics, including the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

The arrests, which took place this morning, are the result of a long-term wiretap investigation by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) and the New …

Supervising Pharmacist Sentenced to Prison for Diverting Millions of Dollars in Oxycodone Pills from a Queens Pharmacy

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division, announced the sentencing of supervising pharmacist VICTOR LAPERLA for receiving cash payments in exchange for knowingly filling forged prescriptions for oxycodone 30 mg painkillers and illegally selling additional pills. Earlier today, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Abraham Clott sentenced LAPERLA to four years in prison and a five-year term of post release supervision on the charge of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree and one year in jail for Conspiracy in the …

Special Narcotics Grand Jury Report Documents Impact of Fentanyl Analogs on Opioid Epidemic in New York City

Recommends Ban on All Forms of Fentanyl Analogs and Increased Funding To Police Labs and Medical Examiners

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor and New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill announced today the release of a Grand Jury report documenting the impact of fentanyl analogs on the opioid epidemic in New York City. The report is the first of its kind issued by a Special Narcotics Grand Jury.

Fentanyl analogs are powerful and harmful synthetic opioids that are increasingly linked to overdose deaths in New York City. Yet despite their lethal nature, fentanyl analogs are …

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