Press Releases Archive

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September 6, 2018

Dr. Rogelio Lucas and Wife Lydia Lucas Sentenced to Prison for Operating Upper West Side Pill Mill

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced the sentencing of Dr. Rogelio Lucas and his wife and office manager Lydia Lucas to prison terms for engaging in a conspiracy to sell prescriptions for the addictive opioid painkiller oxycodone for no legitimate medical purpose from an Upper West Side medical practice.

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August 6, 2018

Approximately $150K in Narcotics Disguised as Children’s Gifts Recovered in Brooklyn and the Bronx: Three Indicted

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan announced the arrest and indictment of three individuals in connection with alleged cocaine trafficking in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. Nearly nine pounds of suspected cocaine and over $74k cash seized.

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August 3, 2018

NYC Drug Distribution Network and West Village Gambling Operation Dismantled Following Wiretap Investigation: 32 Arrested

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan announced the arrest of 32 individuals on narcotics and gambling charges. The investigation uncovered a large-scale alleged cocaine and heroin distribution network centered in the East Village and a related gambling operation located in a busy commercial district near West 11th Street and Avenue of the Americas in the West Village.

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July 19, 2018

An Estimated $7.5 Million in Suspected Heroin and Fentanyl Seized from Major Drug Packaging Operation in the Bronx: Five Arrested

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan announced the seizure of approximately 25 kilograms of suspected heroin and fentanyl (over 55 pounds), worth up to $7.5 million, from an alleged drug packaging mill in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx.

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July 2, 2018

Eight Indicted in Connection with Narcotics Trafficking in Brooklyn: Six Firearms Seized

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan announced the arrest and indictment of eight individuals on charges stemming from nearly 60 sales of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana with undercover officers for a total of approximately $38,500. The defendants are alleged to have operated in loosely affiliated drug networks.

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June 7, 2018

Doctor Indicted on Manslaughter and Reckless Endangerment Charges in Three Overdose Deaths

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan announced the indictment and arrest of Dr. Lawrence Choy on homicide charges and criminal sale of prescriptions for controlled substances, including narcotics. Choy allegedly prescribed addictive painkillers and other controlled substances in potentially lethal dosages and combinations for no legitimate medical purpose to patients of his medical practice in Flushing, Queens

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May 4, 2018

Dr. Rogelio Lucas and Lydia Lucas Convicted on 30 Counts: Conspiracy and Criminal Sale of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today that a Manhattan Supreme Court jury returned a guilty verdict against Dr. Rogelio Lucas and his wife Lydia Lucas, who managed her husband’s medical practice. The Lucases were convicted on one count of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree and 29 counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a …

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April 11, 2018

Four NYC Narcotics Suppliers Indicted in Sales of Heroin, Fentanyl and Cocaine: Fatal Overdoses Sparked Investigation

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan announced the arrest and indictment of four individuals in connection with sales of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. The investigation was sparked by two fatal overdoses in Brooklyn and Queens.

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April 5, 2018

Six Charged in Multi-State Cocaine Trafficking Scheme: Upper West Side Apartment Served as Base of Operation

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan announced six individuals indicted in connection with a scheme to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine each week in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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March 27, 2018

Mexico-based Drug Kingpin Indicted as Supplier of Fentanyl to New York City

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan announced the indictment of a Mexico-based drug kingpin and five others in a wide-ranging conspiracy to smuggle multi-kilogram quantities of fentanyl and heroin from Mexico for distribution in the New York City area.

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February 8, 2018

Nearly Nine Pounds of Fentanyl Found Hidden in Fish

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) announced the seizure of four kilograms of fentanyl (nearly 9 lbs.) wrapped inside fish.

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December 7, 2017

Twenty Charged in Sales of Heroin and Fentanyl in Brooklyn: Customer Fatally Overdosed on NYC Subway

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor announced the arrest and indictment of 20 individuals in connection with sales of heroin and fentanyl in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The defendants include members of multiple, interconnected, street-level drug organizations and their common supplier, who allegedly sold heroin laced in at least certain cases with fentanyl analogues under the brand name “American Dream.” During the investigation, police learned of three drug overdoses, including two fatal overdoses and one non-fatal overdose, believed to be linked to narcotics bearing this brand name.