On May 19, authorities in New York City announced that they had seized a record amount of heroin in a single drug bust. After a year-long investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration allegedly discovered 154 pounds of heroin hidden in secret compartments in a Chevrolet Suburban. The drugs have a reported street value of $50 million.
Three members of a New York family were taken into custody after authorities accused them of operating an international cocaine trafficking ring out of their pizza restaurant. The immigrant family members, who were originally from Calabria, Italy, ran a successful pizza restaurant in Queens called Cucino a Modo Mio. The father, mother and son were all held without bail after they were detained for drug charges on March 11.
Brooklyn police arrested four people in New York recently on the allegations of selling cocaine to clients from a Toyota Prius in shifts. According to the district attorneys, these four individuals organized their trafficking to make the drug available to customers all year long. The four face heavy jail-time on several different charges.
A Dec. 18 press conference held by the Nassau County District Attorney and others included an announcement about nine people being detained in connection with drug trafficking. The drug charges are related to millions of dollars in heroin and other substances being sold by means of Craigslist. The alleged drug pipeline in the case was reportedly used to move the illegal substances from Mexico to the Long Island and New York City areas.
Two people in New Jersey were arrested after police discovered a significant amount of heroin in their vehicle on Sept. 2. The traffic stop occurred on the northbound side of Interstate 81 nearby Syracuse. The vehicle had been targeted through an ongoing investigation headed by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Strike Force. The investigation was a collaboration between local and federal law enforcement agencies working to decrease the amount of heroin available in Central New York.
It was reported on Aug. 13 that six people were arraigned on charges relating to a large New Jersey drug ring that dealt with heroin. According to the report, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office began the investigation into an alleged drug ring nearly one year ago.
A 23-year-old New York man who was accused of selling the drug "Molly" to an Electric Zoo music festival concertgoer who died from an overdose in 2013 was charged on July 29. According to the report, the man was accused of selling approximately 80 pills to three people at the event, including the person who died. It was stated that the pills were a combination of Molly and methylone.
A Long Island school bus driver has pleaded not guilty after being indicted on drug trafficking charges. Authorities claim that the accused woman sold heroin in between driving children to and from school. With children being involved, though tangentially, there is a good chance that prosecutors will be aggressive in their pursuit of this case.
Prosecutors claimed that a man driving an ice cream truck in Brooklyn was selling more than pushups and drumsticks. The drug crime charges against the truck driver came after he allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover cop he met in a local deli. Authorities said he also offered to acquire oxycodone pills for the officer at a later date.
According to Saratoga Springs Police, a variety shop owner was taken in custody on June 27 on drug charges after a traffic stop. The 46-year-old store owner has been accused of drug trafficking and possession. He faces a third-degree charge of criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Also, he was charged with seven counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.