Press Releases Archive

November 19, 2021

Brooklyn Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Using Forged Rxs to Obtain Oxycodone Pills for Illegal Resale

A supervising pharmacist at a Gravesend, Brooklyn pharmacy was arrested this morning for allegedly using forged prescriptions to obtain oxycodone pills for illegal resale, and falsifying prescription data reported to New York State. ANTHONY C. PANICCIOLI entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree in Manhattan Criminal Court.

November 15, 2021

Georgia Man Arrested For Allegedly Selling Guns and Cocaine to Undercover Officer in New York City: 25 Guns Seized

A three-month investigation disrupted a Georgia-to-New York gun trafficking pipeline and resulted in the seizure of 25 guns, including five assault weapons. The guns and a quantity of cocaine were sold to an undercover officer.

November 8, 2021

Over 25 Pounds of Alleged Heroin and Three Guns Seized from Stash Apartment in North Riverdale: Two Arrested

A months-long investigation culminated in the seizure of approximately 13 kilograms of alleged heroin (28 pounds), three guns and ammunition from an apartment used as a drug stash house in the North Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. Two individuals were apprehended after initially evading arrest. The heroin recovered in this case carries a street value of approximately $4 million.

October 27, 2021

Five Charged in Sophisticated Scheme to Mail Cocaine from Puerto Rico New York City inside Children’s Lunchboxes

An indictment filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor charges five individuals in a sophisticated conspiracy to smuggle millions of dollars in cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York and
Massachusetts via the U.S. Postal Service.

July 16, 2021

Nearly 40 Pounds of Heroin and Fentanyl Seized in the Bronx: Three Indicted as Major Traffickers

An indictment charges three individuals with Operating as a Major Trafficker following the seizure of nearly 40 pounds of alleged heroin and fentanyl from a large-scale narcotics packaging operation in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. The organization combined heroin and fentanyl for sale in New York City and beyond, and stamped narcotics with numerous brand names, including “COVID-19”.

July 12, 2021


Over 100 PAL children enjoy free summertime fun and games including —  double dutch jump rope, soccer, basketball, board games and more marking a celebration of summer and outdoor fun for New York City PAL children. The PAL Playstreet in Harlem is sponsored by the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office in collaboration with NYPD.

June 17, 2021

Three Alleged Major Traffickers among 10 Charged in High-Level Narcotics Distribution across the Northeast

A long-term wiretap investigation uncovered a sophisticated network of alleged narcotics traffickers who distributed fentanyl, heroin and cocaine in New York City, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 9, 2021

Loaded Automatic Weapon, Handgun, 25 Pounds of Cocaine and $350,000 Cash Seized in the Bronx: Narcotics Shipped to New York from Puerto Rico inside Swiffer Boxes

An alleged major trafficker and two other individuals are charged in connection with a large-scale cocaine distribution operation in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx. Over 10 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $3.5 million, $350,000 cash, a pistol and an assault rifle were allegedly recovered during a short-term investigation.

May 11, 2021

Three Indicted in Connection with Seizure of 40 Pounds of Fentanyl, Heroin and Cocaine, and Seven Semi-Automatic Guns, in Queens and Brooklyn

An indictment filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and unsealed today in Manhattan Supreme Court charges three defendants in connection with a large-scale narcotics and weapons possession conspiracy. Accused ringleader TERRY BARBOUR faces 32 counts, including Operating as a Major Trafficker, Conspiracy in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First and Third Degrees, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second and Third Degrees, and other crimes.

May 3, 2021

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan Will Move to Dismiss 24 Convictions and Seal 4 Additional Arrest Records

Convictions Relied on Former Narcotics Detective Joseph Franco, since fired by the NYPD and charged with multiple perjuries

April 21, 2021

Bridget Brennan Statement on Conviction of Derek Chauvin

The guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin allows some light to shine through the dark cloud that has too often hovered over the criminal justice system. The verdict affirms the value of George Floyd’s life, but his senseless death demands an immediate response from those in criminal justice roles.  We must do all we can to restore community trust and ensure a fair and equitable justice system. 

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, …