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February 21, 2024

Nine suspected drug dealers were busted for allegedly selling psychedelic mushrooms and crack cocaine to undercover NYPD cops in a brazen open-air market in Washington Square Park, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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January 31, 2024

Before Mexico’s cartel wars, I lived in the country for 10 years. I didn’t write much about drugs, focusing instead on immigration. But if asked, I’d have probably agreed with the Mexican line: Demand for drugs from the United States was creating supply.

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January 12, 2024

A record number of high school teens died of drug overdoses in 2022 in an alarming trend driven primarily by fentanyl poisonings from counterfeit pills, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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December 21, 2023

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C.—Carisa Collins-Caddle peered at a scar in the crook of Regina Locklear’s arm.

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December 14, 2023

A suspected drug trafficker who was arraigned in court on Thursday after 18 months on the lam was a vengeful Bronx dealer who kidnapped and tortured at least two of his rivals by using a hot clothes iron to burn them on their butts, prosecutors said.

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November 16, 2023

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 and estimated street value of up to $10 million.

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November 7, 2023

BRONX, New York (WABC) — Hundreds of thousands of potentially lethal doses of fentanyl and heroin were recovered at alleged large-scale mill inside of a Bronx apartment, investigators say.

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May 9, 2023

National Fentanyl Awareness Day, marked on Tuesday, May 9, underscores the deadly public health crisis afflicting the nation, New York City and The Bronx. According to law enforcement, local prosecutors and health officials, fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, such as xylazine, are widely distributed in mixtures and quantities that significantly raise the risk of overdose deaths. In New York City, Bronx County has the highest rate of overdose deaths, and is also a main distribution hub for illegal drugs, according to law enforcement officials.

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May 3, 2023

CONCOURSE, the Bronx (PIX11) — A man is now behind bars, facing up to life in prison if he’s found guilty of the felonies he’s charged with, after agents say they found a massive cache of fentanyl hidden in his gas tank.

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March 29, 2023

The opioid crisis has only intensified as more illicit drugs have entered the market. Drug overdose deaths reached a record high in 2021, with more than 100,000 people lost to the continuing epidemic, fueled by the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl.

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January 13, 2023

The first time Reneé Jones overdosed on drugs last year, she was at her daughter’s Bronx apartment and had gotten up to get one of her seven grandchildren a cup of water. The next thing she knew, a paramedic was jolting her back to life with a defibrillator.

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January 7, 2023

PHILADELPHIA — Over a matter of weeks, Tracey McCann watched in horror as the bruises she was accustomed to getting from injecting fentanyl began hardening into an armor of crusty, blackened tissue. Something must have gotten into the supply.