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Physician Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Patients’ Deaths

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Queens Acting District Attorney John M. Ryan, Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) Commissioner Steven Banks, Keith M. Corlett, Superintendent of the New York State Police, and Peter Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York City, announced the sentencing of Dr. LAWRENCE CHOY, former operator of a medical clinic in Flushing, Queens to seven years in prison and two years post …

Five Charged in Sales of Fentanyl and Heroin in Brooklyn

Overdoses Linked to Organization, Drug Death in Staten Island

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon announced today the arrest and indictment of five alleged members of a Sunset Park, Brooklyn-based criminal organization that allegedly trafficked in a variety of narcotics, including the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

The arrests, which took place this morning, are the result of a long-term wiretap investigation by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) and the New …

70 Kilograms of Cocaine worth over $10 Million Seized in Hunts Point

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced the alleged seizure of 70 kilograms of suspected cocaine (154 pounds) in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx and the arrest of one defendant. The narcotics were destined for distribution on New York City’s streets and in the Northeast.

Defendant Miguel MARTE-VERAS is scheduled for arraignment later today in Manhattan …

Supervising Pharmacist Sentenced to Prison for Diverting Millions of Dollars in Oxycodone Pills from a Queens Pharmacy

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division, announced the sentencing of supervising pharmacist VICTOR LAPERLA for receiving cash payments in exchange for knowingly filling forged prescriptions for oxycodone 30 mg painkillers and illegally selling additional pills. Earlier today, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Abraham Clott sentenced LAPERLA to four years in prison and a five-year term of post release supervision on the charge of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree and one year in jail for Conspiracy in the …

Major Trafficker Extradited from the Dominican Republic; Linked to Large Scale Heroin and Fentanyl Distribution Ring

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, Keith M. Corlett, Superintendent of the New York State Police, Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, announced today the extradition of ANYERSON DELACRUZ-ROSARIO, a major narcotics trafficker who allegedly set up and supplied a series of heroin and fentanyl packaging operations in the Bronx that distributed hundreds of thousands of user ready packets between …

Statement by District Attorneys Darcel D. Clark, Eric Gonzalez, Michael E. McMahon, Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and Acting District Attorney John M. Ryan

 

“As the District Attorneys who serve all of the residents of New York City, we are committed to using every tool at our disposal to prevent fatal drug overdoses and to working in partnership with public health officials and community leaders. It is encouraging to see fewer people suffered fatal overdoses in New York City in 2018, as demonstrated by new data released today by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. However, 1,444 lives lost in one year to drug overdose in our city remains unacceptably high and deaths continue to rise in areas of the city.

The …

Special Narcotics Grand Jury Report Documents Impact of Fentanyl Analogs on Opioid Epidemic in New York City

Recommends Ban on All Forms of Fentanyl Analogs and Increased Funding To Police Labs and Medical Examiners

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor and New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill announced today the release of a Grand Jury report documenting the impact of fentanyl analogs on the opioid epidemic in New York City. The report is the first of its kind issued by a Special Narcotics Grand Jury.

Fentanyl analogs are powerful and harmful synthetic opioids that are increasingly linked to overdose deaths in New York City. Yet despite their lethal nature, fentanyl analogs are …

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