Press Releases Archive

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April 1, 2021

Two Men Arrested with 100 Pounds of Cocaine Stamped with the Nickname of One of the World’s Greatest Soccer Players

Gun and over $200,000 seized from apartment and vehicle in Jamaica More than one hundred pounds of cocaine were recovered from a seventh-floor apartment in a two building 17 story residential complex containing a gym, lap pool and roof deck, in Queens on Monday afternoon. Investigators and agents arrested two individuals, and recovered one loaded handgun, and more than $200,000, …

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February 17, 2021

Six Charged as Round-the-Clock Street Market for Drugs is Dismantled in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx

Six individuals were arrested and indicted in connection with a disruptive street-level drug organization that operated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington Heights, Manhattan and Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx. The organization allegedly sold a wide range of substances, including heroin mixed with fentanyl, counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine, during the wiretap investigation conducted by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Bronx, Narcotics Borough Manhattan North and 33rd Precinct.

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February 17, 2021

Meth Conversion Lab Found in Vacant Bronx Apartment

NEW YORK CITY – A methamphetamine conversion lab was safely dismantled at 3204 Kingsbridge Ave., Apt. 6A, Bronx, NY by members U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and New York City Police Department (NYPD). Agents and officers arrested three individuals and seized approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine, 45 grams of heroin, and 2,000 pills with the appearance of Percocet and oxycodone that will be tested as possible counterfeits. This is the first meth conversion lab that DEA has encountered in New York City. The case is being prosecuted by New York City’s Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

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February 10, 2021

Over 86 Pounds of Suspected Heroin, 1,000 Fentanyl Pills and $200,000 Cash Seized in Ridgewood, Queens: Four Arrests

An accused major trafficker and three other individuals are charged in connection with a large-scale heroin-packaging mill dismantled in Ridgewood, Queens. Approximately 39 kilograms of suspected heroin, with an estimated street value of $12 million, 1,000 fentanyl pills and $200,000 cash were recovered during the investigation, conducted by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF), Group T-21, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York.

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January 29, 2021

Statement by Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan on Record High Overdose Deaths due to Fentanyl

“As the deadly COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, we are learning more about the effects of another serious health crisis over the past year – the opioid epidemic. Tragically, more people died from drug overdose in New York City in the first half of 2020 than ever before, according to new data from the city health department. Fentanyl is driving record overdose deaths and New Yorkers who use drugs are far more likely to encounter fentanyl.

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January 8, 2021

Over 44 Pounds of Suspected Fentanyl, Heroin and Cocaine Seized in Ozone Park, Queens: Three arrested

Loaded AK-47 semiautomatic rifle and .380 caliber pistol also recovered

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January 7, 2021

Over 30 Pounds of Suspected Heroin and Hundreds of Fentanyl Pills Seized at Bronx Packaging Mill: Five Arrested

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Ray Donovan, Special Agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea and State Police Acting Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen announced the arrests of five individuals and the seizure of approximately $2 million worth of suspected heroin and
fentanyl pills following an investigation into a large-scale narcotics organization operating in the Bronx.

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November 24, 2020

MANHATTAN PSYCHIATRIST AND MEDICAL ASSISTANT ARRESTED IN ILLEGAL SALES OF PRESCRIPTIONS FOR ADDICTIVE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Manhattan Psychiatrist And Medical Assistant Arrested In Illegal Sales Of Prescriptions For Addictive Controlled Substances

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November 5, 2020

Queens Man Indicted on Weapons and Narcotics Charges After Allegedly Aiming Assault Rifle at NYPD Detective

Incident captured on the defendant’s own security cameras: 3 guns seized. Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea and New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett announced today the indictment of JULIN LIRIANO following an October 7, 2020 incident in which the defendant allegedly aimed an assault rifle at a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective conducting surveillance as part of a narcotics investigation.

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October 5, 2020

Indictment Charges Man for Trafficking Dangerous, Unusual Drug Mixtures of Heroin, Fentanyl, Tramadol and Methamphetamine

Nearly four pounds of narcotics and packaging equipment recovered from maintenance area of residential building near a public school in Fordham Heights. Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea, Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, and New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett announced today the indictment and arrest of an individual accused of trafficking in multikilogram quantities of opioids and methamphetamine mixed together in highly unusual andpotentially lethal combinations.

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September 30, 2020

Alleged Major Trafficker Among Three Indicted in Connection with Over 25 Pounds of Cocaine and $125,000 Cash Seized in the Bronx

Cocaine bearing dragon symbol recovered from secret compartment in bathroom. Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division, Keith M. Corlett,
Superintendent of the New York State Police, and New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea announced the arrest and indictment of three defendants in connection with the seizure of more than 12 kilograms of cocaine (over 25 pounds) and approximately $125,000 cash.

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September 14, 2020

Brooklyn Narcotics Supply Chain Dismantled: Cocaine Sold at a Premium During Pandemic

Alleged Major Trafficker Among 10 Charged, Two Guns Seized. Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea announced charges against 10 alleged members of a loosely linked drug distribution network in Brooklyn.