Author Archives: Thomas Nugent

Prosecutor says NY judges are ‘anguished’ as they release suspects under bail reform law

PIX 11 News-  New York State’s bail reform law doesn’t take effect until next week on Jan. 1, 2020, but judges started releasing criminal suspects back in November.

Under the new law, which was pushed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, 90 percent of criminal cases will have cash bail eliminated. That means defendants will be released from court, in 400-plus crime categories, to await trial at home.


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Statement by Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan Supporting Governor Cuomo’s Proposal to Ban Fentanyl Analogs

Bridget G. Brennan, Special Narcotics Prosecutor for New York City, released the following statement from her office, which fully supports Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to make all deadly fentanyl analogs illegal in New York State. Governor Cuomo plans to call for legislation to ban the analogs in his 2020 State of the State.

“I commend the Governor’s proposed ban on all fentanyl analogs and call upon the legislature to quickly approve it. Despite their nexus to hundreds of overdose deaths across the state, today many analogs remain legal to obtain and sell. If the legislature passes the proposal, we will …

Seven Indicted in Drug Packaging Mill Operation: Man Charged with Assaulting Officers by Throwing Toxic Fentanyl

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 Dermot F. Shea, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced the indictment of seven individuals charged with operating a fentanyl packaging operation in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. One defendant faces assault charges for allegedly throwing fentanyl at a law enforcement officer with the intent to …

Narcs nab speed-demon drug dealer as he leaves Bronx nightclub

Daily News- A speed-demon drug dealer with a reputation for high-speed getaways ran out of road Monday when cops and federal agents tracked him to a Bronx nightclub, authorities said.

Arfhy Santos, who goes by the street name “Coyote,” nearly ran over a cop in Times Square last year, and in August came within inches of mowing down a woman and her small dog during a getaway from a DEA task force on the Upper East Side, authorities said.

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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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