N.Y. Daily News — Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday said the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic was the “worst drug scourge” the nation has ever faced. “This is worse than crack,” Cuomo said during an appearance in Suffolk County to herald $213 million in new state funding to fight the epidemic.
The New York Times -- At the time of Prince’s death, his Paisley Park home and recording compound in Minnesota were strewn with “a sizable amount” of narcotic painkillers for which he did not have prescriptions, including some hidden in over-the-counter vitamin and aspirin bottles and others issued in the name of a close aide, according to newly released court documents related to the investigation into the accidental opioid overdose that killed Prince last year.
The New York Times - Officials in New York arrested 12 people on Friday in what was described as a conspiracy involving three Brooklyn medical clinics that helped flood the streets with prescription painkillers while defrauding Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars.
After announcing the arrests — a 13th person, a former state assemblyman from Brooklyn, was also indicted in the case — prosecutors described the scope of the conspiracy, saying it put 6.3 million oxycodone pills on New York’s black market and generated more than $24 million for the three clinics.
N.Y. DAILY NEWS - Authorities struck white gold in the Diamond District.
When law enforcement looked into a fake jewelry business Thursday, they found plenty of real cocaine instead — 121 pounds of nose candy worth $1.7 million, officials said.
A joint probe between New York and Los Angeles law enforcement agencies honed in on a fake California business called Sapphire, and the phony 21 Divine based in the Diamond District in Midtown. The New York drug enforcement task force suspected a cocaine distribution ring was using the purported business as a front to get the narcotics.
SILive.com - Just days after a New Dorp Beach landlord hung a large sign outside her home proclaiming "Beware! Drug Dealers Downstairs," authorities conducted a raid and arrested two sisters on drug-sale charges.
Linda and Christine Genise, both 52, are being arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday after they were apprehended on Thursday afternoon in the vicinity of their apartment on the 100 block of Roma Avenue by the NYPD Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force.
NBC New York - A couple flying into New York's John F. Kennedy Airport from the Dominican Republican attempted to conceal $250,000 worth of heroin in a whiskey gift box and a large speaker, authorities say.
Andres Uribe Rebolledo and his girlfriend Yuly Valencia Sanchez, both Colombian citizens, landed at JFK from Punta Cana Sunday with a Glenmorangie-brand whiskey gift box and a Marshall-brand speaker, Customs and Border Protection says.
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.