A drug known as kratom produces a high like cocaine, and can be as addictive as heroin – but is completely legal.
A Bronx man has been hit with numerous drug-related charges in Paterson, N.J., after authorities said they found nearly eight pounds of heroin in his sport-utility vehicle.
A judge found that Damian Esteban’s firing was “unduly harsh” and ordered the Department of Education to impose a lesser punishment. City officials blasted the decision on Thursday, saying they would appeal.
That amount of heroin has an estimated street value of $750,000, according to police.
According to police, the couple had just taken their 4-year-old daughter into Westchester County to purchase 72 glassine envelopes of heroin for resale in Fairfield County.
Officers conducting surveillance spotted Tyreek Langs, with the baby in his arms, walk down the street and sell heroin to a drug buyer at the corner of Peters Boulevard and Kelly Avenue, police said.
Carlos Melendez of the Bronx and Joel Guzman of Ridgewood, Queens will be sentenced July 25 in Suffolk County. They were convicted Tuesday.
Police this week arrested two Brooklyn men after finding firearms and stashes of heroin and crack cocaine in their Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment.
Miguel Mercado-Guelen, Henry Nunez and Diego Estevez were arrested last month in the Bronx after an alleged drug and cash exchange, prosecutors said.
Hydrocodone, better known by its brand name Vicodin, is derived from opium poppy like heroin.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says the probe was prompted by what he says was an alarming increase in the number of fatal overdoses and overdoses.
Thomas McKinley, 53, and his wife Lorraine Bianchini, 61, were arrested Monday around 12:30 p.m. during an undercover operation, police said.
Officers found open bags of heroin on the front seat and the women said they had gotten high earlier in the day, police said. Tara Riley and Amanda Kosby’s young children were in the back seat of the SUV.
The number of deaths from heroin and prescription drugs have been steadily rising over the past few years on Long Island.
51 lives have been saved in the past six months in Suffolk County because police officers who have also been trained as EMTs have used the nasal spray Narcan to revive men and women who overdosed on drugs.