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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Think 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 >>
via RoadsidepicturesOn 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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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