Officials: Smugglers use tricycle, fox urine to move drugs across the country

CNN - March 22, 2017

Authorities are detailing the great lengths suspected drug smugglers went to in order to conceal their operation after $4.1 million in cash and more than six pounds of heroin were seized by federal agents at a New York storage facility over the weekend.

Three men were arrested for their part in what officials are calling an interstate drug operation, where they allegedly moved money and drugs throughout the country by concealing the contraband in secret compartments hidden inside pieces of furniture.

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De Blasio Launches Initiative To Stem Opioid Overdose Deaths

Kings County Politics - March 13, 2017

With record numbers of City residents dying from drug overdoses involving opioids last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray today launched a new initiative aimed at reducing opioid overdose deaths by 35 percent over the next 5 years. Dubbed HealingNYC, the comprehensive effort comes after more than 1,000 people in New York City died last year in drug overdose involving opioids – more than those who died in car accidents and homicides combined...

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Cops Uncover $300K Sweepstakes Scam Targeting Elderly During Drug-Smuggling Probe; 3 Charged

NBC New York - March 8, 2017

Police say three people have been arrested after an initial investigation into a cocaine trafficking scheme uncovered a defrauding scam targeting the elderly for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Ricardo Castang was indicted on charges including multiple counts of conspiracy and money laundering, the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor announced Wednesday...

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Killer Tide: The Opioid Epidemic

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — March 2, 2017

America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Opioids, both prescription and illicit, are killing people across the Tri-State Area in record numbers. Our communities are caught in the middle of a modern drug war — one that most experts believe we are losing. The “killer tide” of drug abuse washing through our cities and towns has now reached crisis proportion. Elected officials like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy are sounding the alarm, saying the longer we delay a national strategy the more lives we will …

Texas trucker’s $6.6M haul of meth, heroin for Washington Heights dealer gets him 13 years behind bars

New York Daily News - February 27, 2017

A Texas trucker will spend 13 years behind bars for transporting $6.5 million in crystal meth and heroin at the behest of a Washington Heights drug kingpin. Deivis Ceballos, 44, was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday, after a Manhattan jury found him guilty of conspiracy and drug possession charges last month...

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