Press Releases Archive

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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.

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September 18, 2017

Investigations Lead Law Enforcement to Recover 270 Pounds of Fentanyl, Heroin and Cocaine with a Street Value of over $30 Million

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Queens
District Attorney Richard A. Brown and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced the
seizure of 122 kilograms of narcotics (nearly 270 pounds) with a street value of over $30 million,
including 64 kilograms (over 140 pounds) of pure fentanyl, as a result of two investigations. Four
defendants are charged.

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May 4, 2017

Brooklyn Drug Delivery Service Sold Crack-Cocaine, Heroin and “Supersized” Envelopes of Pure Fentanyl: Firearm Seized

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor announced the arrest and indictment of four defendants who worked for a Brooklyn-based drug delivery service and sold crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bensonhurst, Borough Park and Sunset Park.

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April 7, 2017

Brooklyn Medical Clinics Pumped Over 6.3 Million Narcotic Painkillers onto Black Market and Billed Millions of Dollars in Fraudulent Medicaid and Medicare Reimbursements

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor announced the indictment of 13 individuals in connection with schemes to defraud Medicaid and Medicare of millions of dollars, to illegally sell prescriptions for opioid painkillers and to commit money laundering.

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March 31, 2017

$2 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized in NYC’s Diamond District

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor announced the seizure of 55 kilograms of cocaine (121 lbs.) from a fictitious jewelry business operating in
the Diamond District of New York City.

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March 21, 2017

Over $4.1 Million and Three Kilograms of Heroin Seized: Three Arrested

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor announced the arrest of three members of a narcotics trafficking group and the seizure of over $4.1 million and three kilograms of heroin (over six pounds) from a storage unit in the Bronx and a U-Haul truck.