May 25, 2016 |
Anita Gupta first suspected that the Philadelphia heroin trade could be taking a deadlier turn months ago, when she saw overdose patients at Hahnemann University Hospital who didn't respond as they should have to the antidote drug emergency workers gave them. "The symptoms were worse than we were used to seeing," said Gupta, an anesthesiologist, pharmacist, and pain specialist at Drexel University College of Medicine. "We were getting patients with symptoms of near-death, and often required multiple doses of the antidote naloxone.
March 10, 1988 |
Federal drug agents have begun a preliminary investigation of bad-boy radio personality Howard Stern because of on-air statements he made about providing drugs to a guest on a recent cable-TV special. The investigation came to light in a letter to the editor written and delivered to the Daily News late yesterday by Michael Levine, a supervising Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Appealing for witnesses to come forward, Levine said Stern "bragged openly" Monday of "getting drugs" for a performer on the TV special, which was broadcast Feb. 27 under the title "Howard Stern's Underpants and Negligee Party.
September 29, 2013 |
CAMDEN An alleged gang leader was arrested Friday morning for running an illegal drug trafficking operation in Camden, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. Tyrone Tyson, 38, of Camden, was charged with knowingly and intentionally distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, authorities said. The street value of 100 grams is more than $30,000, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The alleged sales took place near a house on the 100 block of North 32d Street in East Camden.
March 23, 2013
A 38-year-old Gloucester Township man has been charged with using his Blackwood residence as a base to make a psychedelic drug derived from plants, authorities said Friday. Robert Vickers of Little Gloucester Road was charged with various drug offenses accusing him of manufacturing dimethyltryptamine, known as the hallucinogenic drug DMT, in the residence. The arrest was the result of a monthlong investigation by the Gloucester Township police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
June 18, 1989 |
Federal drug enforcement officials have seized $1.57 million from an Abington home and arrested a Warminster man on multiple drug charges. Anthony Kotycienski of the 1100 block of Charter Road, Warminster, was arrested Tuesday at Michael's Pharmacy in North Philadelphia, where he was employed as manager, according to a spokesman from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Kotycienski was arrested about 11 a.m. and charged with multiple drug sales. DEA officials declined to give details that led to the arrest and would not say what types of drugs the defendant is being charged with selling.
October 29, 1986 |
Five men have been arrested in North Philadelphia and charged with attempting to sell cocaine with a street value of $400,000 to undercover police and federal agents, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said yesterday. Officers seized two kilograms of cocaine, a 1987 Corvette, a .38-caliber pistol and $2,163 in cash in connection with the arrests, which were made on Monday, said Bud Eckert, public information officer for the DEA. Eckert said DEA agents and Philadelphia police assigned to a joint drug enforcement task force negotiated to buy two kilos of cocaine from the suspects for $57,000 in the vicinity of Fourth Street and Indiana Avenue on Monday.
July 3, 1986 |
A Montgomery County man was arrested on drug charges after he picked up a shipment of plywood imported from Ghana in which $3.6 million worth of marijuana was hidden, the Drug Enforcement Administration said yesterday. Allan Charles Kane, 34, of the 1400 block of Mellon Street, Wyncote, was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to import a controlled substance and possession and distribution of a controlled substance, David Wood, the DEA's acting special agent, said. According to DEA officials, the U.S. Customs Service discovered 9,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in a shipment of plywood that arrived at the Port of Philadelphia on June 26. Kane and a second suspect picked up the shipment on July 1 in a rental truck, and authorities followed the pair to a ranch in Kintnersville, Bucks County.
April 6, 1990 |
A Center City physician was arrested at his office Wednesday night by federal drug enforcement officers and charged with illegally dispensing prescriptions for controlled substances, authorities said yesterday. Hiroshi Suzuki, 58, wrote prescriptions for drugs that included codeine- based cough syrups, barbiturates and sedatives and sold the prescriptions to a federal informant for prices ranging from $10 to $60 per prescription, according to Stephen Griswold, an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
March 20, 2001 |
Agents for the Drug Enforcement Administration, assisted by local police, have arrested three men in connection with a shipment of 440 pounds of cocaine wrapped in Easter-basket cellophane and destined for Philadelphia, authorities said yesterday. The cocaine, hidden in a utility trailer, was seized Thursday in Salina, Kan., and its courier was arrested. A fifth suspect was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, for his role in the shipment. On Friday, DEA agents learned who was to receive the shipment, arranged a delivery to two of the men at a Bensalem hotel, and arrested them.
April 20, 2013 |
Accidental drug deaths doubled over the last decade nationwide, and now surpass motor vehicle fatalities in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Driving the statistics are dramatic increases in the abuse of prescription painkillers. Next Saturday, April 27 is a day that average folks can intervene. Unlike heroin, cocaine and marijuana, much of it imported by shady foreign cartels, prescription narcotics more often are local. They typically originate with legitimate scripts written by physicians for patients with painful medical conditions.