Drug Crimes

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    The Melody of the Mexican Drug War

    Narco Cultura opens with three young boys sitting outside the yellow police tape of a drug-related murder scene in Juarez, Mexico. The boys relate how they watched hooded killers unload their pistols before finishing the job with an AK-47. "They shoot randomly and liquidate everyone," one of boys sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    James Rosemond, Hip-Hop Manager Tied to Tupac Shooting, Gets Life Sentence for Drug Trafficking

    James Rosemond, the hip-hop manager who went by "Jimmy Henchman," is probably best known for his alleged involvement in the 1994 shooting that left Tupac Shakur robbed and bleeding in New York's Quad Studios. In his song Against All Odds, Shakur blamed Rosemond. In a controversial 2008 L.A. Times ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    State Can Use 911 Calls of Uncharged Crimes to Bolster Police Cred at Trial, High Court Rules

    Prosecutors can use 911 call recordings describing uncharged crimes to explain police aggression against a defendant during an arrest, New York's highest court ruled in a 4-3 split decision. The recordings, the Court of Appeals stated, could be admissible only under certain circumstances: when the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    A Drug Dealer Nicknamed "Nugget" Is Sentenced in Six-County-Wide Oxycodone Drug Ring

    The tide of prescription drug abuse across the country might start to ebb now that law enforcement officials know what to look for. Yesterday the New York State Attorney General's office announced the sentencing of Bronx resident John "Nugget" Bland, 49, kingpin of an oxycodone drug ring that reache ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Do Big NYPD Drug Busts Just Target the Little Fish?

    A troubling pattern is emerging around the NYPD's recent "big drug busts." Last month, after years of surveillance, the NYPD concluded that gangs on the Lower East Side had sold "$1.2 million worth of coke in two years." On April 12, the NYPD arrested 41 people from the neighborhood, mostly from Ba ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Fed Pursuit of Hacktivist Aaron Swartz vs. Pursuit of Big Banks Highlights Tragic Imbalance

    The theft of a few million articles from academic journals can carry a sentence of 35 years in prison. Meanwhile, big banks can rig interest rates affecting the entire global economic system, launder money for international drug cartels, illegally foreclose on the homes of millions of Americans, an ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 9, 2013


    2012’s hottest dance trend keeps going

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Former NYPD Officer Nicholas Mina Headed To The Hoosegow For Selling Guns To Drug Dealers

    A former NYPD officer who pleaded guilty last month to charges that he stole several NYPD-issued firearms from fellow officers and sold them to a Queens drug kingpin was in court today, where he was sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison.Additionally, former Officer Nicholas Mina -- who claims h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Former NYPD Officer Nicholas Mina Cops Plea; Admits To Stealing NYPD Guns And Selling Them To Drug Dealers

    A former NYPD officer admitted in court today that he stole several NYPD-issued firearms from fellow officers and sold them to a Queens drug kingpin over a six-month period earlier this year.The plea deal accepted by former officer Nicholas Mina, 32, includes a 15-year-prison sentence when he's sent ... More >>

  • Film

    June 13, 2012

    El Velador: Life in the Necropolis

    Natalia Almada illuminates the aftermath of Mexico's drug-war violence

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Hammer Officially Dropped On Prescription Drug Traffickers; Sweep Nets Nearly 100 Arrests -- Including Two Doctors

    Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies dropped the hammer on the illegal prescription drug trafficking biz this morning in a sweep that netted nearly 100 arrests, including two doctors and one nurse practitioner.The most arrests occurred on Staten Island, where law enforcement officials s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Gangsters Love Scarface, 'Tough Life'

    Today in El Diario, that newspaper at your bodega you always wondered about... Two recent crimes involving Scarface have left many wondering whether the gangster world is nostalgic about the movie, the Spanish-language daily reports.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Worst Criminal Ever Leaves $667,000 Worth Of Cocaine In Full View Of Cops

    ​The spin on this story at Hero Cop-loid the Daily News is all about the "quick-witted" and "eagle-eyed" rookie cops involved in this weekend's surprise bust of 29 kilos of cocaine on a street corner in Inwood. Kudos to them; that's a huge coup for 4 p.m. on an otherwise-uneventful Saturday pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    U.S. Seizes $180 Million Worth of Cocaine From "Semi-Submarine" off Honduran Coast

    Cocaine, but not this cocaine.​The Coast Guard announced they intercepted and seized a semi-submersible vessel, its five-man crew and 7.5 tons of cocaine. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection airplane spotted the fiberglass semi-submarine and a Coast Guard cutter caught up to it off the Caribb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2011

    "Drug Loo" Automates Rectal Drug Removal, Grossly

    ‚ÄčThink of the grossest thing you can come up with. No, not that. Not that either! Ew, dude. Yes, the grossest thing is reaching up into a drug mule's rectum and removing drugs they've stored there in an attempt to smuggle them hassle-free through airports. Thanks to modern technology, the good pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Accused Oxy Dealers Allegedly Sold Pills From an Ice Cream Truck

    via Roadsidepictures​On the heels of the news that the amount of oxycodone prescriptions filled in New York doubled between 2007 and 2010 comes the report of a Staten Island operation that allegedly sold the painkiller from the back of an ice cream truck. Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Robbers Allegedly Used Onions to Torture, Teary-Eyed Victims Insist

    "Oh God, not the bloomin' onion. Anything but the bloomin' onion!"​A Queens-based robbery syndicate is accused of torturing their victims by stuffing their heads into bags filled with smelly onions. The Daily News reports that Erick Mejia and his crew were allegedly responsible for a number of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Sex Parties and Pot Debase Katharine Hepburn's Park Bench

    ​There is a really strange, only-in-New-York-type sentence in today's New York Post and it conveniently includes sex, drugs and Katharine Hepburn, all in one place. Here, just read it: "A Manhattan park bench donated by the late actress' heirs has become a recent hotbed for raunch and pot, wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Terror Plot: DEA Stings Seven in International Scheme to Use Drug Money to Buy Weapons for the Taliban

    Seven men alleged to be narcotics and weapons traffickers in West Africa and Eastern Europe have been indicted in federal court in Manhattan for a plot to move tons of heroin and cocaine from Afghanistan to the United States, and using the proceeds to purchase weapons for use by the Taliban, federal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Fake Cocaine Is The Worst Drug Ever

    ​Eighteen Long Islanders were busted for selling cocaine this week. Nothing strange about this typical drug bust, except that they were also arrested for selling fake cocaine. The New York Post reports that "the group had in its possession 26 ounces of fake cocaine, made up of a combination of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Man Busted With 513 Pounds of Pot After Running Red Light

    Merry Christmas, someone: A lot of pot.​It really is all about the little things. For example, when you have 513 pounds of marijiuana in your minivan, don't run a red light. Make sure you signal properly. And, definitely don't run from the cops -- they hate that. These are all lessons we can l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Santos Party House, Shuttered Since Thursday Over Drug Charges, Will Reopen Tomorrow

    ​So says the beleaguered club's Twitter account, a statement confirmed by a club spokesman who tells us that, starting tomorrow, "we're officially allowed to be open." Closed Thursday night in a police raid over third party drug charges that date back to June, July, and August, Santos will hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Feds Bust 20-Year Drug Ring for Funneling Pot to New York

    ​The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York just announced charges against 50 suspects for their roles in a "massive" marijuana trafficking ring that has funneled "ton-quantities" of pot from Florida and California to New York since 1990.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2010

    Over the Hedge: Investment Banker Busted Farming the Green

    ​Here's a hilarious story coming the internet's way from Zombie Forbes/Slant: an executive at a billion-dollar hedge fund was caught running an extensive marijuana farm out of her house. Her boyfriends insists the cops have it all wrong; they're just farming goats, he claims. Clients of the Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2010

    Paris Hilton Arrested For Cocaine Posession, Has a Drug Problem or At Least a Fame Problem

    ​It's been a minute since we've heard from Paris Hilton in any big way, but it's not for her lack of trying. In July, at the World Cup, she was allegedly detained for holding a bit of weed; she was subsequently released without charges or publicity. (It was a holiday weekend, and the World Cup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2010

    Staten Island teacher struck by stoned model dies in hospital

    ​Daniel Kelley, the special education teacher who was struck Tuesday by a car driven by a Brooklyn woman under the influence of painkillers, an anti-anxiety drug and a sleeping pill, died this morning in Staten Island University Hospital. He was 23 years old.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Clip Job: Kesey Reappears, Is Busted

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. October 27, 1966, Vol. XII, No. 2 Kesey Reappears, Is Jailed in California Ken Kesey has been busted. The elusive novelist, who returned from exile in Mexico two weeks ago to remain in the U.S. "as a fugitive and as salt in the woun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2009

    Sanitation Commissioner's son ducks his sanitation job

    ​The News says they've obtained personnel records showing that John Doherty Jr., son of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, has been cited 12 times and had 128 hours of wages docked for unapproved absences from the job. The citations resulted from Doherty failing to document an emergency wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Get Your Cuchifrito, Your Cocaine

    Calle Luna restaurant in Jersey City has not only been doing big business in pernil and pasteles (which Eating in Translation thought were particularly fine), but it's also allegedly been peddling cocaine, to the tune of $35,000 each week. An investigation of the drug ring operating out of the resta ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 11, 2009


    See  Pineapple Express the way Mother Nature intended

  • Voice Choices

    June 24, 2009


    What comes after meth-lab/bodega?

  • News

    September 4, 2007

    NYPD Busts Ass

    Were police really busting a drug ring when it rounded up Mr. Black's colorful crew?

  • NYC Life

    June 26, 2007

    The Fudgitive

    Crack maker to cake baker: One sweet tale of a drug kingpin's decade on the lam

  • News

    May 22, 2007

    New Jack Comeback

    Can a series of six-minute web films revive Barry Michael Cooper's storied career?

  • Screens

    October 4, 2005

    Name Games

    Cause for concern, wonderment: Leader of the free world calls the Russian leader Pootie-Poot

  • News

    May 18, 2004

    This Made Ashcroft Gag

    Translator keeps blowing 9-11 whistle on FBI; U.S. Keeps shutting her up

  • News

    March 2, 2004

    Drug Through the Mud

    A Way Station For Dope, Haiti Again Gets The Wrong Kind Of Interference

  • Art

    January 13, 2004

    Junkie Retread

    Traffic's crowded with ideas, but imaginative gridlock keeps them from going anywhere

  • Film

    October 29, 2002
  • News

    March 5, 2002

    Almost Famous

    HarperCollins Author Kidnapped in Colombia

  • News

    December 18, 2001

    The Real Top 25

    The Worst of the Best in College Football

  • News

    July 31, 2001

    Tulia Blues

    How the Lingering Effects of a Massive Drug Bust Devastated One Family in a Small Texas Town

  • News

    April 24, 2001

    A Time for Mercy

    Rabbi Gets Probation for Medical Marijuana

  • Film

    March 13, 2001
  • Music

    January 23, 2001
  • News

    May 9, 2000

    NYPD Storm Troopers

    A Drug Bust at the Wrong House—Again

  • News

    March 28, 2000

    The Night Shift

    Undercover in New York’s 'Compton East'

  • News

    June 1, 1999

    Sweet Release

    The INS Finally Frees Lulseged Dhine, But Other Immigrant Detainees Fight On

  • News

    May 11, 1999

    Freedom Fighters

    An Unlikely Group of Prisoners' Relatives Battles the Rockefeller Drug Laws

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