The correctional officer-jail inmate relationship is often a fraught one, rife with resentment, misunderstandings and violence. But sometimes, just sometimes, the two groups can put aside their differences and work together. That's the silver lining we can take from the news that two current Rikers ... 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 >>
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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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 >>
Ex-Rap mogul James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond, 47, was found guilty today in Brooklyn for leading a drug gang that moved thousands of pounds of cocaine cross country, often in musical instrument cases, to the streets of Brooklyn and Queens. Among a slew of charges, Rosemond was convicted of trying to ... More >>
In a case that probably should have gotten more attention than it did, federal prosecutors took down a major prescription drug trafficking organization this week, indicting Jose Garcia Acosta and 13 other people for selling millions of dollars of the dangerously addictive painkiller oxycodone. Th ... More >>
Former NYPD officer Michael "Rape Cop" Pena's not the only former cop headed to the hoosegow -- former NYPD officer Emmanuel Tavarez is the second former cop this week who's about to make the jump from officer to inmate. Unlike Pena, Tavarez, 33, didn't violently sexually assault a defenseless schoo ... 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.
Drayton Curry, age 92, the oldest inmate in federal prison, could die there waiting as he has for the past seven months for President Obama to decide on his clemency petition. Wheelchair-bound and in poor health, Curry, who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president, is currently in a feder ... More >>
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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 >>
In a 10-month investigative operation that started with street sales of ketamine, ecstasy, and oxycodone at city nightclubs including Webster Hall and Pacha NYC, Puerto Rican drug kingpin Ricardo Gonzalez-Santiago and nine other drug traffickers have been arrested and indicted, according to a ... More >>
A correctional officer at Rikers Island has been arrested for offering an inmate early release in exchange for three kilos of cocaine. The office of the special narcotics prosecutor released a statement today detailing the investigation of prison guard Robert Whitfield. Whitfield allegedly pr ... 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 >>
New York City police seized $10 million worth of heroin in the Bronx on Saturday. Francisco Ramirez and Andy V. Moscat have been indicted by a grand jury for being part of one of New York's largest heroin trafficking operations ever. The officers seized 18 and 1/2 kilos of heroin (40 pounds) ... 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 >>
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.
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The leader of a drug ring who recruited people suffering from sickle-cell anemia to obtain thousands of false prescriptions for OxyContin was sentenced in federal court to ten years in prison late Tuesday afternoon.
A leader of a major Mexican drug cartel and former Texas police officer was sentenced in Manhattan federal court yesterday for importing at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States during a five year period. Between 1994 and 1999, Gilberto Salinas Doria -- formerly Officer Dora of th ... 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 >>
A Cuban national who supplied drugs to crack houses on the outreaches of Brooklyn was caught in Miami and indicted by the D.A.'s office today. The man, Yotuhel Montane, ostensibly ran a South Florida car dealership, but was actually supplying a kilogram of cocaine each month to a drug ring in ... More >>
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Governor Rockefeller started the war on drugs in 1973. His laws have packed prisons, cost billions, and failed to stop the drug trade. On the 25th anniversary, there's new momentum for change.