Author Archives: Thomas Nugent

U.S. Life Expectancy is Falling Because Fentanyl Drug Overdoses are Killing Americans in Terrifying Numbers

Newsweek - Late last year, a man went to his 10-year high school reunion in a small town just outside of Charleston, West Virginia. His close-knit community meant no one was forgotten a decade after graduation. “Everyone knows who is there and who is not there,” said Dr. Daniel Ciccarone, a researcher from the University of California, San Francisco.

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Twenty Charged in Sales of Heroin and Fentanyl in Brooklyn: Customer Fatally Overdosed on NYC Subway


Two face top narcotics charge Operating as a Major Trafficker: Firearm seized

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced today the arrest and indictment of 20 individuals in connection with sales of heroin and fentanyl in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The defendants include members of multiple, interconnected, street-level drug organizations and their common supplier, who allegedly sold heroin laced in at least certain cases with fentanyl analogues under the brand name “American Dream.” During the investigation, police learned of three drug overdoses, including two …

Major Cocaine Supplier for the East Coast Extradited from Puerto Rico to New York City: Six Charged in Long-Term Investigation

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 State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett announced today the extradition of a major narcotics supplier who allegedly conspired to smuggle millions of dollars in cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York City and Rhode Island through U.S. Postal Service packages.

NORIS GAUTIER-RIOS was arrested in Canovanas, P.R. as a fugitive on July …

After School Filmmaking Project at PAL’s Wynn Center in Brooklyn: Funded through Seized Narcotics Proceeds

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 3 p.m. today

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Frederick J. Watts, Executive Director of New York City’s Police Athletic League (PAL), New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Robert Cordero, Executive Director of Grand St. Settlement, announced today the launch of a PAL After School Filmmaking Project at the PAL Wynn Center in Brooklyn. Working in conjunction with LPZ Cinetech, the Filmmaking Project offers a hands-on approach to learning the art and craft of filmmaking to middle school students.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is …

Killer Tide: A Crisis Years In The Making

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, killing more people than gun violence and car crashes.

WCBS reporter Marla Diamond, who shared a 10-week series on the opioid crisis earlier this year, is now wrapping up 2017 with a follow-up series.

New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan tells Diamond that overdose deaths in the city are “climbing at an alarming rate.” Last year’s 1,340 overdoses set a record in the city, which is likely to be broken this year.

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Mexican traffickers making New York a hub for lucrative — and deadly — fentanyl

Huffington Post - The middle-aged couple in the station wagon went shopping at a New Jersey Walmart on a warm night in August. They stopped for dinner at an IHOP on the way home. And when they arrived at their apartment building in a quiet residential section of Queens, the narcotics agents ­following them got a warrant to go inside.

They found several suitcases loaded with brick-shaped bundles of what appeared to be heroin. But lab tests determined that most of it — 141 pounds — was pure fentanyl, a synthetic and supremely dangerous opioid 50 times more powerful than …

C.D.C. Reports a Record Jump in Drug Overdose Deaths Last Year

New York Times - Deaths by drug overdose in the United States surged last year by more than 17 percent over 2015, another sign of the growing addiction crisis caused by opioids, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Preliminary data from the 50 states show that from the fourth quarter of 2015, through the fourth quarter of 2016, the rate of fatal overdoses rose to nearly 20 people per 100,000 from 16.3 per 100,000. The C.D.C. had previously estimated that about 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, with the highest …