News Release Archive

January 14, 2021

New York Daily News- Two apartments in a West Bronx building were converted into a major drug distribution center, prosecutors charged Thursday, announcing the seizure of 30 pounds of heroin and fentanyl worth $2 million.

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January 8, 2021

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three people have been arrested in connection with a drug trafficking ring in Queens.

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January 4, 2021

New York Times – Jackie Ré, who runs a substance-use disorder facility in New Jersey, gathered the 12 female residents of her center in the living room on March 27 and told them that the coronavirus outbreak had forced the center to limit contact with the outside world.

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January 2, 2021

New York Post – The night he died in 2010, Nicholas Rappold dashed out of his house in Flushing, blowing a kiss to his mom. He said he was going on a date.

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December 24, 2020

(CNN)The US has seen a substantial increase in fatal drug overdoses and set a record for deaths from overdoses in the year that ended in May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

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December 22, 2020

PIX-11-QUEENS — Nicholas Rappold was just 21 years old when he was found slumped over in his Jeep near 165th Street in Flushing, Queens, dead from an opioid overdose.

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September 30, 2020

New York Times- BARRE, Vermont — On the first Friday in June, Jefrey Cameron, 29, left his home around midnight to buy heroin. He had been struggling with addiction for seven years but had seemingly turned a corner, holding down a job that he loved at Basil’s Pizzeria, driving his teenage sister to the mall to go shopping and sharing a home with his grandmother. But then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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July 10, 2020

Pix11 – Administration agents followed the mail last month to find a basement drug lab in the boiler room of a Bronx apartment building on East 170th Street

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June 1, 2020

QNS- With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging so many communities in the borough, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz is reminding residents that there is another serious public health threat facing this…

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May 31, 2020

Newsday – An alarming spike in fatal drug overdoses on Long Island is linked to the coronavirus pandemic, law enforcement and public health officials said. Preliminary data in Suffolk County…

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May 24, 2020

NBC News – Statewide lockdown orders have disrupted the traffickers’ operations, making it more difficult to launder money and move cash across the border.

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May 22, 2020

Newsday- Suffolk County authorities have busted a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring and money laundering operation linked to several overdoses, arresting 15 people allegedly selling heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine and price gouging their drug customers during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Thursday.