Press Releases Archive

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October 26, 2022

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan Announces Prison Sentence for Queens Man on Narcotics and Gun Possession Charges

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, today announced the prison sentence of TERRY BARBOUR in connection with the possession of more than 18 kilograms of narcotics, including fentanyl and heroin, and seven semi-automatic guns. BARBOUR previously pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to Conspiracy in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. He was sentenced to 12 years in state prison and 5 years of post-release supervision.

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October 12, 2022

Statement by Bridget G. Brennan on the Passing of Hon. Sterling Johnson, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York and Former Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York

We mourn the passing of Hon. Sterling Johnson, Jr., who was the visionary leader of this agency for 16 years, from 1975-1991. During his time at the helm of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office, the city was in the throes of a heroin epidemic, followed by a crack epidemic.

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October 12, 2022

Major Seizure of Approximately 300,000 “Rainbow Fentanyl” Pills and Over 20 Pounds of Powdered Fentanyl in the Bronx

Two individuals are charged in connection with the seizure of approximately 300,000 fentanyl pills in assorted colors and another 20 pounds of fentanyl in powdered form from a drug stash location in the Bronx. The apartment, situated adjacent to the Bronx River Parkway, near the border of Westchester County, also contained a Tec-9 semi-automatic assault weapon, a hydraulic door opener and 11 GPS devices. Some of the fentanyl pills resembled pharmaceutical drugs, including oxycodone and Xanax.

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October 4, 2022

Trafficker-Quantities of “Rainbow Fentanyl” Arrive in New York

NEW YORK CITY – One person was arrested and approximately 15,000 fentanyl pills were seized as part of an ongoing investigation into a fentanyl trafficking organization. The fentanyl pills, in various colors, were destined for distribution throughout New York City and had been concealed in a LEGO box to deter law enforcement attention.

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August 8, 2022

Approximately $5 Million in Street-Ready Heroin/Fentanyl Seized from Packaging Mill in the Bronx

Six individuals were arrested in connection with a large-scale heroin/fentanyl packaging mill in the Crotona neighborhood of the Bronx. Over 25 kilograms of narcotics (more than 55 pounds), carrying a street value of more than $5 million, was destined for distribution throughout New York City and in Massachusetts. The packaging mill was located inside an apartment across the street from a public elementary school and near the Bronx Zoo.

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August 4, 2022

Over 13 Pounds of Heroin/Fentanyl Seized at Drug Packaging Mill in the Bronx

Two men were arrested in the Bedford Park neighborhood of the Bronx in connection with a large-scale heroin/fentanyl packaging and distribution operation. Approximately six kilograms of narcotics (over 13 pounds) with a street value of at least $1.8 million were intercepted during a short-term investigation.

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July 20, 2022

Accused Major Trafficker Indicted in Large-Scale Drug Operation near Bronx Courthouse

A Bronx man was indicted as a Major Trafficker following an investigation that uncovered a large-scale drug stash house at 910 Sheridan Avenue. The residential apartment building is adjacent to the Bronx Family-Criminal Courthouse. Over $3 million dollars in drugs, including more than 40 pounds of fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine, and approximately 1,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, were seized along with two guns and over $320,000 cash.

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July 18, 2022

Accused Major Heroin Trafficker Extradited from Colombia for Prosecution in New York City

An accused major trafficker was extradited from Colombia to face charges associated with smuggling and selling multi-kilogram quantities of heroin in New York City and for coordinating an international money-laundering scheme.

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July 11, 2022

Over 150 Pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine is Seized in Manhattan: Two Men from Southern California Arrested

Two men from Southern California were arrested in Manhattan over the past week in connection with the transportation of large-scale shipments of crystal methamphetamine to New York. Two loads totaling approximately 75 kilograms (165 pounds), with a street value of $1.2 million, were intercepted during a short-term investigation.

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July 11, 2022

PAL Playstreet Opens on West 124th Street in Harlem: Site Sponsored by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Carlos Velazquez, Executive Director of New York City’s Police Athletic League (PAL), and New York City Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell announced today the opening of a Police Athletic League (PAL) Playstreet on West 124th Street in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. PAL Playstreets provide youth with fun recreational opportunities in a safe atmosphere during the summer months.

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June 29, 2022

Major Multi-Drug Seizure of Over 250 Pounds of Heroin, Fentanyl, Cocaine, Crystal Meth and Counterfeit Pills in the Bronx

A court authorized search of an apartment in the Mount Hope neighborhood of the Bronx resulted in the seizure of approximately 110 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine, plus 50 pounds of a substance believed to be crystal meth and up to 75,000 counterfeit pills believed to contain fentanyl. The drugs, which were allegedly intended for citywide distribution, carry an estimated street value of approximately $24 million. JULIO MOTA PLASENCIA was arrested in the stash apartment on Monday night and is charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker.

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June 17, 2022

Major Drug Trafficker and 12 Others Arrested: Assault Rifle, 3 Firearms, 25 Pounds of Fentanyl, and 33 Pounds of Cocaine Seized

Following a yearlong investigation into narcotics and gun trafficking in Queens and Brooklyn, 13 individuals were arrested in Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx during the past two days on charges contained in two indictments that are unsealed and two criminal court complaints that were filed today. During the long-term investigation, an undercover officer purchased large amounts of fentanyl, cocaine and heroin including fentanyl pressed into counterfeit prescription pills with a street value worth over $3 million. In total,15 kilograms of cocaine and 12 kilograms of fentanyl mixtures were seized along with an assault weapon and three firearms, two of which were allegedly sold by accused ringleader NELSON CRUZ who is charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker.