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May 25, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 10, 1988 | By MIKE SANTANGELO, New York Daily News
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 18, 1989 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
October 29, 1986 | By L. Stuart Ditzen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 3, 1986 | By Jim Detjen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 6, 1990 | By Michael B. Coakley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 20, 2001 | By Richard V. Sabatini INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2013 | By Don Sapatkin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
Eighteen people in four states have been charged in a multimillion-dollar drug and money-laundering operation based in Philadelphia, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Friday. "These people are dangerous, drug-dealing, poison-popping people who are preying on our children, on our citizens, and on our neighborhoods," said Kane. "And we won't stand for it. " Andre Wilson, 37, of Merchantville, was the group's ringleader, Kane said. Wilson would travel to California and arrange for drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines to be taken to the Philadelphia area for distribution, Kane said.
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July 3, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
Eighteen people in four states have been charged in a multimillion-dollar drug and money-laundering operation based in Philadelphia, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Friday. "These people are dangerous, drug-dealing, poison-popping people who are preying on our children, on our citizens, and on our neighborhoods," said Kane. "And we won't stand for it. " Andre Wilson, 37, of Merchantville, was the group's ringleader, Kane said. Wilson would travel to California and arrange for drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines to be taken to the Philadelphia area for distribution, Kane said.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
THE AUTOPSY results are back and the verdict is that Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin. So, verrrrry potent. It was not immediately clear whether Prince had a prescription for the drug and, if not, how he obtained it. The results raised the possibility that anyone who provided the drug illegally could face criminal charges. After the music icon died, authorities began reviewing whether an overdose was to blame and whether he had been prescribed drugs in the preceding weeks.
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
In what officials called the region's largest heroin bust in 20 years, local and federal authorities announced Wednesday that they confiscated an estimated $3.3 million worth of the drug in Northeast Philadelphia earlier this year. Three suspects - Martin Paulino Gomez, 40; Domingo Cedno Pimentel, 26; and Ricardo Ortiz-Rolon, 36, all from Philadelphia - have been charged in the bust, which followed a two-month investigation into drug-money laundering centered on three locations in Oxford Circle and Rhawnhurst.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
LAW-ENFORCEMENT agencies ranging from SEPTA Transit Police to the Drug Enforcement Administration - and others in between - collaborated on a 108-count indictment in a widespread heroin-trafficking case announced yesterday. The U.S. Attorney's Office unsealed the indictment targeting 37 people with allegedly transporting and distributing more than 1,000 kilograms of heroin in a multistate operation. Antonio and Ismael Laredo, alleged leaders of a Mexico-based drug ring, received the brunt of the charges for allegedly smuggling heroin into the U.S. In one instance cited in the indictment, Antonio Laredo allegedly directed that 7.6 kilograms of heroin be hidden in "sealed fruit and vegetable cans" en route to Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
One type of opioid painkiller - among the most commonly prescribed, abused, and misused medications in America - will soon be more difficult to obtain. The Drug Enforcement Administration will publish new rules in the federal register Friday reclassifying hydrocodone combination drugs from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II. The rules kick in 45 days later. Opioid painkillers are highly addictive. People young and old have intentionally or accidentally misused them so frequently in recent years that overdose deaths now exceed those from cocaine and heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL JURY yesterday convicted a former cop on two of three counts of lying to the feds about a romantic relationship he had with a police informant. Robertito Fontan, 42, who had worked as an undercover narcotics cop, was convicted of lying to FBI agents when he told them in October 2008 that he did not have an intimate relationship with the informant, Elizabeth Sanchez, and when he claimed he never gave her gifts or money. The feds also contended Fontan made a third false statement - when he told them he did not tell Sanchez that a former boyfriend of hers who was a target of a drug investigation had been indicted in July 2008.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two men who were involved in what was called high-level trafficking of heroin have been arrested and $2 million worth of the drug seized, authorities said Monday. One of the men also was wanted in New Jersey for stealing an unmarked patrol car in August, and hitting one officer and dragging another as he fled in it. Juan Mendez-Lazaro and Edward Ernesto Gomez-Veloz, both of North Wales, were arraigned last week on felony drug charges, including manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday the arrest of 16 alleged drug traffickers in and around the county - shutting off what it called a "drug pipeline" to Mexico running through the county. The investigation ran for a year, District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement, and the final suspect was arrested last week. The other 15 were arrested over the last four months. Hogan said Chester County is part of a pipeline that moves drugs up and down the East Coast.
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