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Black Market Pill Distribution Operation Working Out of NYC Apartment Busted: Prosecutors

NBC New York - A building superintendent let two alleged members of a “large-scale black market pill distribution ring” use a vacant studio apartment and boiler room to make and package heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine pills, prosecutors said.

An undercover officer met up with the suspected ring members, Agustin Vasquez-Chavez and Yefri Hernandez-Ozoria, in the Jerome Park neighborhood of the Bronx on July 31 of this year, where the officer paid them $5,000 in cash for a bag they said contained more than 860 oxycodone pills and 50 ecstasy pills, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City …

Drug dealer took the ferry, brought his kids on a drug buy: cops

NY Daily News - A Staten Island drug dealer who moved to the Bronx continued to commute back and forth on the ferry to peddle his product — and brought his kids on a drug buy, officials said Thursday.

Steven Ildefonso was one of six suspects arrested and indicted Thursday in connection with a Staten Island heroin and fentanyl distribution ring that partnered with narcotics suppliers in the Bronx and Upper West Side.

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He Survived an Overdose. Now What?

New York Times - It was a Sunday afternoon, and in the cozy house at the end of the street, Andrew Foote sat in his usual chair while a movie played on the television.

The young man’s hands rested on two pillows, wrists bent and fingers contracted into fists. From time to time, he rocked forward as if to stand but then collapsed backward, into the chair. His few words were slow and slurred.

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About $150,000 in narcotics disguised as children’s present during Brooklyn drug deal: officials

PIX 11 - BROOKLYN — Approximately $150,000 in narcotics disguised as children’s gifts have been recovered and three men have been arrested after a drug deal in front of a Brooklyn nail salon, officials said Monday.

Officers said they witnessed the sale of two kilograms, or 4 ½ pounds, of cocaine for nearly $74,300 outside the salon at 5821 Avenue T, bordering Flatlands and Mill Basin, on June 19 as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation.

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Narcotics prosecutor says legal fake fentanyl is responsible for nearly 50 OD deaths in Brooklyn and Staten Island

Daily News - It’s not the actual drug, and dealers can’t be prosecuted for peddling it, but fake fentanyl can kill like the real thing — and that’s exactly what it did 48 times last year in Brooklyn and Staten Island, a city prosecutor said Wednesday.

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan plans to share that shocking fact with the City Council on Thursday during a Committee on the Justice System hearing to examine how local law enforcement agencies handle the opioid crisis. Brennan said she is especially alarmed by the seemingly new trend of modified street fentanyl — which on …

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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