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Cash, weapons, Lamborghini seized in major drug bust in Queens, Brooklyn

LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens (WABC) -- Four suspects were arrested in Queens and Brooklyn overnight Wednesday in what is being described as a major drug bust.

The bust was the result of a long-running investigation that began with two overdose deaths involving fentanyl-laced heroin -- one in Bay Ridge in 2016 and one in Kew Gardens in May of 2017.

The alleged ringleader was identified as 35-year-old Dionne Sharrow (AKA "Slay"), who was arrested at his apartment in a luxury high-rise on 51st Avenue in Long Island City. Among the property seized there was a loaded firearm, approximately $500,000 in …

Four NYC Narcotics Suppliers Indicted in Sales of Heroin, Fentanyl and Cocaine: Fatal Overdoses Sparked Investigation


More than 10 kilograms of suspected narcotics, four guns, a Lamborghini and over $600,000 recovered in court authorized searches

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today the arrest and indictment of four individuals in connection with sales of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. The investigation was sparked by two fatal overdoses in Brooklyn and Queens.

Today, four alleged narcotics suppliers, DIONNE SHARROW, aka “Slay,” PABLO VALLECILLO, aka “Cito,” ANTONIO LOPEZ and JASON KEATING, are schedule to be arraigned before Manhattan Supreme Court …

Six Charged in Multi-State Cocaine Trafficking Scheme: Upper West Side Apartment Served as Base of Operation


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, and George P. Beach II, Superintendent of the New York State Police, announced today the indictment of six individuals in connection with a scheme to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine each week in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars.

An indictment filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor is the result of an eight-month investigation by DEA Long Island Division Office Task Force …

Drug Kingpin Stashed Fentanyl in ‘Seinfeld’ Apartment: DA

NBC New York - An alleged drug kingpin has been indicted on charges of flooding the New York City area with enough fentanyl to kill about 10 million people in an operation based out of an apartment that was featured in the hit 1990s sitcom "Seinfeld," prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Francisco Quiroz-Zamora is charged with the state's top narcotics charge, operating as a major trafficker, as well as conspiracy and criminal sale of a controlled substance. He and five co-defendants are named in the indictment.

Quiroz-Zamora, 41, was initially arrested in a sting operation late last year after he traveled to …

Mexico-based Drug Kingpin Indicted as Supplier of Fentanyl to New York City

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, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark, Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II, announced the indictment of a Mexico-based drug kingpin and five others in a wide-ranging conspiracy to smuggle multi-kilogram quantities of fentanyl and heroin from Mexico for distribution in the …

Opioid overdose among children nearly doubles, study says

CNN - The number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004, according to a new study.

The study, which published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, looked at children between ages 1 and 17 who were admitted to hospitals and pediatric intensive care units with opioid-related diagnoses from 2004 to 2015. Researchers found that the number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose nearly doubled to 1,504 patients between 2012 and 2015, from 797 patients between 2004 and 2007.

The researchers cautioned that many of these children likely overdosed after stumbling upon their parents' …

Overshadowed by the Opioid Crisis: A Comeback by Cocaine

New York Times - The opioid epidemic just keeps getting worse, presenting challenges discussed at length at a White House summit last week. But opioids are not America’s only significant drug problem. Among illicit drugs, cocaine is the No. 2 killer and claims the lives of more African-Americans than heroin does.

In a recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that drug-related deaths have grown across all racial groups and among both men and women. The analysis found that between 1999 and 2015, overdose deaths …