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Correction Officer convicted of drug possession, conspiracy, bribery and official misconduct

BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today the conviction of ROBERT WHITFIELD, a Correction Officer with the New York City Department of Correction, on charges of drug possession, conspiracy, bribery and official misconduct.

WHITFIELD, 50, was convicted on all counts following a six-day jury trial before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bonnie G. Wittner. Sentencing is expected to take place on June 21.

Testimony and other evidence presented at trial proved that WHITFIELD, a veteran Correction Officer assigned to Rikers Island, promised to secure an inmate’s early release in exchange for $100,000 in cocaine. WHITFIELD claimed he …

Over $2 million in heroin and crystal meth and one firearm seized from drug trafficking trio

BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and JOSEPH A. D’AMICO, Superintendent of the New York State Police, announced today the indictment of three drug traffickers on charges stemming from the seizure of 4.5 kilos of heroin (approximately 10 lbs.) and 4 kilos of methamphetamine (approximately 9 lbs.).

The New York State Police Special Investigations Unit (NYSP SIU) seized the narcotics after investigators observed the trio hand off a bag containing three kilos of heroin (6.6 lbs.) in the Bronx on April 9. Investigators had followed the defendants by car from a drug stash house in Corona, Queens.…

Pizza delivery man served “coke” with slices: over $45,000 in cocaine sales

BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and RAYMOND W. KELLY, New York City Police Commissioner, announced today the arrests of two drug traffickers, including an individual who used his job as a pizza delivery man for a Papa John’s restaurant in Brooklyn as a cover.

RAMON RODRIGUEZ made at least 19 sales of cocaine during the undercover investigation by the NYPD’s Narcotics Borough Brooklyn South, which began in the fall of 2011. He was arrested yesterday evening during his largest sale to the undercover – a kilo of cocaine for $27,500. He is expected to be arraigned …

Gramercy medical center pumped more than $10 million in narcotic pills onto interstate black market

Physician and office manager among 49 arrested in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania: 30 guns seized

BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, BRIAN R. CROWELL, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Field Division (DEA), RAYMOND W. KELLY, New York City Police Commissioner, JAMES T. HAYES, JR., Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York Field Office, Pennsylvania Attorney General KATHLEEN G. KANE and New York State Commissioner of Health NIRAV R. SHAH, M.D., M.P.H., announced today the indictment and arrest of Dr. HECTOR …

Colombian Drug Kingpin Charged with Smuggling 35 pounds of Heroin Destined for New York in Freight Containers

BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, BRIAN R. CROWELL, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division (DEA), New York City Police Commissioner RAYMOND W. KELLY and JOSEPH A. D’AMICO, Superintendent of the New York State Police, announced today the indictment of three alleged Colombian drug traffickers who conspired to ship massive quantities of heroin to New York City via the Port of Miami. Two of the defendants were arrested in Colombia yesterday pursuant to an extradition request. They will be brought to New York pending further extradition proceedings. The case centers …

Drug kingpin and eight others indicted for smuggling millions of dollars in heroin from Colombia to New York City

BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, BRIAN R. CROWELL, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Field Division (DEA), New York City Police Commissioner RAYMOND W. KELLY and JOSEPH A. D’AMICO, Superintendent of the New York State Police, announced today the indictment of nine drug traffickers for distributing Colombian heroin in New York City. The head of the New York organization, CRUZ AGUAVIVA-DONE, is charged with three counts of Operating as a Major Trafficker under New York State’s kingpin statute. During the course of the nine-month investigation, agents seized eight kilos of …

Manhattan doctor illegally sold painkiller prescriptions to drug trafficking organization

BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner RAYMOND W. KELLY, Medicaid Inspector General JAMES C. COX, New York State Commissioner of Health NIRAV R. SHAH, M.D., M.P.H., ROBERT DOAR, Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) and BRIAN R. CROWELL, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division, announced today the arrest and indictment of Dr. ROBERT S. GIBBS, SR., a licensed internal medicine physician, for allegedly writing dozens of oxycodone prescriptions for individuals not under his care in exchange for cash payments. These prescriptions were collected …

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