Press Releases Archive

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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

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September 13, 2023

SUFFOLK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TIERNEY ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF 30 DEFENDANTS FOLLOWING THREE LONG-TERM NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING AND GANG INVESTIGATIONS

(SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney today announced three indictments charging 30 defendants following long-term joint investigations into narcotics trafficking throughout Suffolk County.

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July 25, 2023

Long-term Wiretap Investigation Dismantles Violent Drug Trafficking Gang in Brooklyn: Four Charged in Conspiracies to Commit Murder, Assault, Weapons and Narcotics Crimes

Law Enforcement Thwarts Plans for Violence: Nine Firearms and Drugs Seized
A 34-count indictment filed by the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office (SNP) charges four members of a violent, Brownsville, Brooklyn-based drug trafficking gang with Conspiracy, Weapons Possession, and Narcotics Sales and Possession. The investigation, led by SNP and the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Gun Violence Suppression Division (GVSD), Gun Recidivists Investigations Program (GRIP), unveiled plots to murder and assault rivals, which were prevented by swift law enforcement response.

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June 7, 2023

PAL Webster Center Cooking Club Ribbon Cutting: New Cooking Equipment for Youth in the Bronx

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and Carlos Velazquez, Executive
Director of New York City’s Police Athletic League (PAL), announced a ribbon cutting at the Webster
Center Cooking Club today at 4 p.m. The Cooking Club, operated by PAL, is the recipient of a new stove to enhance the club’s culinary activities for children. The new equipment is sponsored by the  Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP). The PAL Webster Center is located at 2255 Webster Avenue in the Fordham Heights neighborhood of the Bronx.

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May 10, 2023

Three Charged in Firearm and Narcotic Sales: 27 Guns, Cocaine

A long-term investigation disrupted a gun and narcotic trafficking network in the Bronx, and resulted in the seizure of 27 guns, as well as more than 400 grams of cocaine (nearly a pound). Two brothers and a third individual are charged in an indictment filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP).

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May 9, 2023

Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan Mark National Fentanyl Awareness Day

Today, National Fentanyl Awareness Day, underscores a deadly public health crisis afflicting the nation, New York City and the Bronx. 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.

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May 9, 2023

District Attorney McMahon, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Brennan, NYPD, Staten Island Borough President Fossella, and Behavioral Health Community Providers Warn Staten Islanders of Dangers of Fentanyl on National Fentanyl Awareness Day

On Tuesday, May 9th, Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon, joined by New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, Staten Island Borough President Vito J. Fossella, the NYPD, and representatives of Staten Island’s treatment and recovery community marked National Fentanyl Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to warn Americans about the horrific dangers of deadly fentanyl and its analogs.