2015

Former pharmacy director for Beth Israel Medical Center pleads guilty in theft of oxycodone pills: License forfeited

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today the guilty plea of ANTHONY D’ALESSANDRO, former Director of Pharmacy Services for Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, to four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree.

Under the terms of the plea, D’ALESSANDRO is expected to receive a sentence of five years in prison, followed by five years post-release supervision. He forfeited his pharmaceutical license earlier this month. Following the plea, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bonnie G. Wittner remanded D’ALESSANDRO, who had been out on a $500,000 bail bond. Sentencing is set for …

Four indicted for drug trafficking in Coney Island and Williamsburg, Brooklyn: 34 narcotics and firearm charges

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and William J. Bratton, New York City Police Commissioner, today announced a 34-count indictment charging four individuals with drug trafficking in the vicinity of Sea Rise, a privately-owned housing development in Coney Island, and Williams Plaza, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complex in Williamsburg, as well as one firearm sale.

A long-term investigation by the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Brooklyn South was sparked by community complaints and incidents of drug and gang-related violence in the vicinity of Sea Rise in Coney Island.

Between August 2014 …

Bronx-to-Suffolk Heroin Ring Busted: A pair of Deer Park brothers indicted as Major Traffickers

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota joined by the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, Bridget G. Brennan, and the DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, announced the dismantling of a heroin distribution network led by two Deer Park brothers, Winston and Uriel Rose, who over a six week period purchased from their Bronx supplier 20,200 bags of heroin to sell to  heroin users and heroin dealers in western Suffolk County.

District Attorney Spota said the indictment charges both Winston and Uriel with the class A-1 felony charge of Operating as a Major Trafficker punishable …

Upper West Side doctor and wife indicted for conspiracy and 37 illegal prescription sales: Over $600,000 cash seized

Pill mill pumped over $77 million in painkillers onto black market since 2009

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 Steven Banks, Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), Department of Social Services, announced today the indictment and arrest of Dr. ROGELIO LUCAS and his wife, LYDIA LUCAS, who served as an office manager for her husband’s medical practice.

The physician and his wife are charged with Conspiracy in the …

Drug kingpin sentenced to 11 years in prison: $6.5 million “crystal meth” and heroin haul

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today the sentencing of drug kingpin JOSE MAURO MOTA to 11 years in prison and five years post-release supervision for Operating as a Major Trafficker and 3 ½ years to 10 ½ years for Conspiracy in the Second Degree. Both prison terms are to run concurrently.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan imposed the sentence under the terms of a guilty plea that MOTA entered midway through his trial on April 28, 2015. A New York City-based drug trafficker, MOTA admitted to receiving a large drug shipment containing over 23 …

Major heroin supply chain from New York City to Upstate counties, Long Island dismantled: Five arrested, $5 million in heroin, $115,000 cash and two guns seized

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 (DEA) New York Division, Joseph A. D’Amico, Superintendent of the New York State Police, Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff, New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, announced the arrest of five members of a heroin trafficking network and the seizure of 12 kilograms of heroin (over 26 lbs.) worth at least $5 million, plus …

Gramercy Physician Convicted in 39 Illegal Prescription Sales

BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor announced today the conviction of Dr. HECTOR CASTRO, an internal medicine practitioner, on 39 counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance.

A Manhattan jury found CASTRO guilty on all counts following a three-week trial in Manhattan Supreme Court before Justice Kirke Bartley. The jury deliberated for two hours before reaching the verdict. CASTRO is scheduled to appear in court on June 2, 2015 for bail arguments. A sentencing date will be set at that time. Each count of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance, …

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