News Release Archive

opioid pills on black table top
December 22, 2020

PIX-11-QUEENS — Nicholas Rappold was just 21 years old when he was found slumped over in his Jeep near 165th Street in Flushing, Queens, dead from an opioid overdose.

two boys hugging at a cemetery
September 30, 2020

New York Times- BARRE, Vermont — On the first Friday in June, Jefrey Cameron, 29, left his home around midnight to buy heroin. He had been struggling with addiction for seven years but had seemingly turned a corner, holding down a job that he loved at Basil’s Pizzeria, driving his teenage sister to the mall to go shopping and sharing a home with his grandmother. But then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

drugs in plastic bags on wood table
July 10, 2020

Pix11 – Administration agents followed the mail last month to find a basement drug lab in the boiler room of a Bronx apartment building on East 170th Street

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz face pic
June 1, 2020

QNS- With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging so many communities in the borough, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz is reminding residents that there is another serious public health threat facing this…

photo of Steve Chassman, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
May 31, 2020

Newsday – An alarming spike in fatal drug overdoses on Long Island is linked to the coronavirus pandemic, law enforcement and public health officials said. Preliminary data in Suffolk County…

stacks of money in a rubberband
May 24, 2020

NBC News – Statewide lockdown orders have disrupted the traffickers’ operations, making it more difficult to launder money and move cash across the border.

a bunch of gold watches and gold chains on a table
May 22, 2020

Newsday- Suffolk County authorities have busted a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring and money laundering operation linked to several overdoses, arresting 15 people allegedly selling heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine and price gouging their drug customers during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Thursday.

prescription bottles with pills poured out on a black table
May 21, 2020

New York Daily News- Last week, when Melissa Etheridge announced that her son had died of an opioid overdose, the nation was reminded of the toll that the addiction crisis is taking on families.

Coronavirus-stamped heroin and fentanyl seized in the Bronx
May 8, 2020

NY Post – A group of alleged drug dealers in the Bronx were caught peddling single-dose heroin and fentanyl packets that were stamped with the name of the virus that is ravaging the city.

Jamel Brown — who performs as Broke Boy Lord was arrested in the plot to mail cocaine and fentanyl from California to New York.
March 21, 2020

New York Daily News- A Long Island rapper who rhymed about laundering drug money got a taste of his own medicine after being busted for running a cross-country cocaine and fentanyl distribution ring, officials said Saturday.

2 women walking across the Rikers Island sign
January 23, 2020

The New York Times- Last April, the New York State Legislature passed an ill-considered set of criminal justice reforms that were buried in the state budget bill. As those reforms have taken effect, it has become clear that they present a significant challenge to public safety.

Brooklyn resident Tamara Morgan, 58, overdosed in August after almost 40 years of heroin use. Her experience reflects the rising number of opioid overdoses among older adults in New York City.
January 22, 2020

City Limits- After nearly 40 years of snorting heroin, Tamara Morgan almost died from two sniffs.