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Date-rape drug teacher admits plans to sell narcotics

Daily News - A high school teacher accused of having date rape drugs delivered to his home admitted he was planning to go into the drug-dealing business, according to law enforcement sources.

Still, Steven Rich had no interest in explaining himself to a reporter as he left a Manhattan criminal courtroom Wednesday night.

“Get away from me! Get away from me!” the 51-year-old teacher yelled as he ran down Centre Street, with a scarf wrapped over his head to shield his face from photographers.

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Investigators find $100G worth of fentanyl wrapped in fish filets

Daily News - Investigators hooked quite a catch in the Bronx — $100,000 worth of deadly fentanyl wrapped in fresh fish filets, authorities said Thursday.

Bricks of the killer opioid were found stuffed inside Styrofoam coolers placed in the backseat of an Acura during a Feb. 1 search in Parkchester, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor said.

Law enforcement working a drug-trafficking case got a warrant to inspect the 2017 white Acura MDX near the intersection of Leland Ave. and Archer St.

One cooler had two fentanyl bricks underneath the fish slices, plus a third block hidden in vacuum-sealed chili. The …

Online Sales of Illegal Opioids from China Surge in U.S.

New York Times - Nearly $800 million worth of fentanyl pills were illegally sold to online customers in the United States over two years by Chinese distributors who took advantage of internet anonymity and an explosive growth in e-commerce, according to a Senate report released on Wednesday.

A yearlong Senate investigation found that American buyers of the illegal drugs lived mostly in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. The Chinese sellers primarily used Bitcoin, the digital currency, as their preferred method of payment and shipped the drugs through other countries to reduce the risk of the opioids being seized by customs officials, …

Brooklyn woman glad NYPD nabbed her grandson in NYCHA drug gang bust: ‘Let them keep him’

Daily News - Shirley Gerard, though fighting back tears, showed zero sympathy for the drug gang corralled Friday in the Sheepshead Bay and Nostrand Houses — including her grandson.

Matthew (MZ) Gerard, 32, was one of 18 suspects charged in a crackdown on dope dealers in the New York City Housing Authority homes. Authorities broke down Shirley’s apartment door in their hunt for her kin.

“I raised Matthew and his brother as best I could,” said Gerard (photo), a 75-year-old lung cancer patient who struggled to catch her breath. “They got him. Let them keep him.”

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NYCHA staffer let gang use Brooklyn apartment as drug den, prosecutors say

Daily News - A NYCHA employee provided gang members access to a public housing apartment in Brooklyn so they could make it the headquarters for a drug ring that sold everything from crack to heroin, prosecutors charged Friday.

Housing authority caretaker Shakina Rowe, 27, was charged Friday along with 17 others, including two other NYCHA staffers who bought marijuana from the drug-den apartment while in uniform and during work hours.

The city Department of Investigation discovered yet again a problem that’s afflicted NYCHA for some time: tenants “permanently excluded” for committing crimes on NYCHA property who move right back in …

Staten Island’s overdose death toll dropped 26% in 2017 — with Naloxone saving 286 potential victims

Daily News - The number of Staten Island’s fatal drug overdoses plunged dramatically in 2017, aided by use of the opioid antidote Naloxone to resuscitate 286 potential victims.

The death toll fell from 116 in 2016 to 86 in 2017, a steep drop of roughly 26%, according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by the NYPD and the Staten Island District Attorney.

“Each of those 86 lives lost should serve as a continued reminder of the five-alarm fire we face in dealing with this drug epidemic,” said the borough’s chief prosecutor, Michael McMahon. “This battle is far from over.”

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