‘The Numbers Are So Staggering.’ Overdose Deaths Set a Record Last Year.

NY Times - A class of synthetic drugs has replaced heroin in many major American drug markets, ushering in a more deadly phase of the opioid epidemic.

New numbers Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, a record. Overdose deaths are higher than deaths from H.I.V., car crashes or gun violence at their peaks. The data also show that the increased deaths correspond strongly with the use of synthetic opioids known as fentanyls.

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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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