2015

Drug Enforcement Task Force uncovers heroin stash in the Bronx, NY: $30 million worth of heroin seized

Massive seizure took millions of glassings off streets throughout the East Coast

James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Joseph A. D’Amico, Superintendent of the New York State Police, announced the seizure of 46 kilograms of heroin (141 lbs.).

On September 26, 2015 a team from the DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force – comprised of DEA special agents, New York City Police Department (NYPD) detectives and New York State Police …

Three indicted for narcotics sales: Manhattan College and Brooklyn College

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced today the indictment of three defendants for their roles in two separate narcotics trafficking schemes related to Manhattan College, a private college in the Fieldston section of the Bronx, and Brooklyn College, a City University of New York (CUNY) school located in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

A confidential complaint from a member of the Manhattan College community led the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Bronx to initiate an investigation into an individual believed to be selling narcotics to students in …

Doctor charged in illegal sales of prescriptions for controlled substances: Medical practices at JFK International Airport and on Long Island

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division (DEA), New York City Police CommissionerWilliam J. Bratton and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced today the indictment and arrest of Dr. GERALD SURYA, an internist and senior aviation medical examiner with offices at JFK International Airport and in Valley Stream, Long Island.

Dr. SURYA faces 26 counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance as a result of a long-term investigation by the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Prescription Drug …

High-volume trafficker supplied drug dealers in Manhattan clubs and Bushwick, Brooklyn: Five charged in narcotics conspiracy and sales

Packages from Puerto Rico contained $225,000 in cocaine disguised as children’s birthday gifts

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Philip R. Bartlett, Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), announced today the arrest of five individuals, including a high-level drug trafficker based in Harlem, ALBERT FORTOSA, who arranged for bulk shipments of cocaine to be sent via U.S. Postal Service express mail from Puerto Rico to New York City. Five intercepted packages each contained a kilogram of cocaine (over 2 lbs.) concealed …

Manhattan physician charged with illegally selling Xanax prescriptions and pills over four years

Up to $4.6 million in addictive anti-anxiety medication funnelled onto black market

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced today the arrest and indictment of Dr. MENGJIA ZHAO on charges he illegally sold 28 prescriptions for alprazolam, an addictive medication commonly sold under the brand name Xanax, which is used to treat anxiety. The doctor is also charged with selling the pills themselves on five occasions.

ZHAO, an internist who has been licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. for 20 years, was arrested late last night at …

Gramercy Physician, Dr. Hector Castro, Sentenced for Multiple Counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance

Dr. HECTOR CASTRO, a Manhattan physician who specialized in internal medicine, was sentenced today to five years and six months in prison, followed by two years post-release supervision, following his conviction in May on 39 counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance. The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor filed an indictment against Castro following a 15-month long investigation, which was supervised by the Office’s Prescription Drug Investigation Unit.  The sentence was imposed by Judge Kirke Bartley in Manhattan Supreme Court, who also presided over the three week long trial.

On May 28, 2015, a state …

Newly Refurbished Gymnasium at Farragut Houses in Brooklyn: Funding through Seized Narcotics Proceeds

Ceremony and community basketball game, 2 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, July 16

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, Frederick J. Watts, Executive Director of New York City’s Police Athletic League (PAL), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Vice President for Community Operations Deidra Gilliard, and Karen Means, Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President for Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, announced the unveiling of a newly refurbished gymnasium at the Farragut Houses, a New York City Housing Authority …

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