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February 21, 2024

Investigation Targets Open Drug Activity Inside Washington Square Park: Nine Charged in Sales to Undercover Officers

Nine individuals were arrested following an investigation into the sale of psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms and cocaine in the vicinity of Washington Square Park. The undercover investigation, conducted by the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Manhattan South, began in July of 2023 in response to community complaints about open drug activity inside the busy public park, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

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December 14, 2023

Accused Major Trafficker Indicted in Kidnappings and Assaults Linked to an Alleged Drug-Related Dispute

An indictment filed in Manhattan Supreme Court charges Jonathan HUERTAS, aka “El Don,” with Operating as a Major Trafficker and with orchestrating two kidnappings and assaults that allegedly occurred in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx in early 2022.

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November 16, 2023

Large Stash of Over 110 Pounds of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Worth Up to $10 Million Uncovered in the Bronx

An investigation into fentanyl trafficking in New York City resulted in a significant seizure of 30 kilograms
(over 65 pounds) of suspected fentanyl, including thousands of fentanyl pills, and more than 20 kilograms
(over 45 pounds) of suspected methamphetamine in an apartment in the University Heights
neighborhood of the Bronx. The large stash of drugs carries an estimated street value of up to $10
million.

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November 6, 2023

Large-Scale Fentanyl Packaging Mill Dismantled in the Bronx: 11 Arrested and Indicted

As part of an ongoing investigation into fentanyl trafficking in New York City, federal, state and local law enforcement officers disrupted an active drug packaging mill in the Bronx and recovered up to 400,000 packages of suspected fentanyl/heroin, plus quantities of loose powdered narcotics, carrying an estimated street value of $4 million.

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October 23, 2023

Over 100 Pounds of Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Heroin Seized in Bronx Pizzeria

NEW YORK CITY – As part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in New York City, federal, state and local law enforcement officers recovered over 100 pounds of suspected cocaine, crack cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone carrying an estimated street value of $4 million, from a pizzeria in the Bronx last week. This seizure occurred at Mexzzarella Pizza in the Soundview section of the Bronx.

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September 28, 2023

Over 40 Pounds of Fentanyl Seized from Drug Mill Six Blocks Away from Bronx Daycare

Defendant Transported Fentanyl in Rolling Suitcase on Subway