Undercover Investigator Smuggles $22,000 Worth of Drugs Into Rikers in His Pockets

Categories: Drugs

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DOI report
Getting a whole bunch of drugs into Rikers Island is super easy.
Rikers Island has not been having a good year PR-wise, to put it mildly.

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Pot Arrests Are on the Rise in de Blasio's New York

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When he was running for office last year, candidate Bill de Blasio warned of the "disastrous consequences" low-level marijuana arrests have for both the individuals caught with a small amount of pot, and their families. "These arrests limit one's ability to qualify for student financial aid, and undermine one's ability to stable housing and good jobs," the Public Advocate's campaign literature read. Even more troubling, it noted, was the fact that studies showed "a clear racial bias" in such arrests. As mayor, de Blasio swore he would order the NYPD to stop such arrests, but he hasn't. Low-level pot arrests are actually on the rise in de Blasio's New York.

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Schneiderman Reminds the Voice, 'I Have Not Done Cocaine in 30 Years'

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Eric Schneiderman via YouTube.com
Updated at bottom, Monday, October 20, 3:15 p.m. In some bizarro-world, Donald Trump and Randy Credico might have been rivals in an election for New York State governor. (Credico lost the Democratic primary in September; Trump abandoned his bid for the Republican nomination in March.) Instead, the proud pothead (Credico, who campaigned as "the only politician in America who smokes pot...and will admit it") and the avowed teetotaler (Trump) are teaming up to accuse Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of being a total cokehead.

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New York City's Wealthy Neighborhoods See Spike in Heroin Deaths

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Overdoses are down in Staten Island, but overall things are still ugly.

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Three Rikers Guards Indicted for Smuggling Cocaine and Oxycodone Into the Jail

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Photo by Flickr user Matt Green
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 COs, Steven Dominguez and Divine Rahming, have been charged with smuggling cocaine and oxycodone into the prison with the help of an inmate and his girlfriend. Another former Rikers guard, Deleon Gifth, who resigned earlier this year, was arrested Monday on charges that he was paid $500 to deliver what he thought was oxycodone to an inmate back in February.

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Google Maps Helpfully Directs Users to Brooklyn's "Drug Section"

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A funny thing happens if you type "drug section Brooklyn" into Google: the omniscient Interweb points you to a precise Bensonhurst corner.

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Here Are Three Things New York Can Do Right Now To Save Heroin Addicts From Overdose

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Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith
It's been three days since Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in a West Village apartment, reportedly surrounded by the detritus of his addiction: a needle, baggies full of heroin, other empty bags, prescription drugs. News stories have retraced his last days, speculated tastelessly on what his death means for the Hunger Games' final installment, and wondered whether the drugs that appear to have killed him were laced with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that's recently made an unwelcome reappearance in the Northeast's heroin supply.

Yesterday, though, a test of the heroin in the actor's apartment found no trace of fentanyl. At the same time, four people, three men and one woman, were arrested in lower Manhattan on suspicion of having sold Hoffman the drugs that may have led to his death. The city's medical examiner is expected to release an official cause of death for him today.

It's important to do a few things here, quickly, while our minds are still collectively on addiction and the huge, brutal loss of losing someone so universally beloved to something so vile. The truth is, heroin addicts can stay safer, even when they're not ready to get clean. And as a city, we can help them.

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Teacher Busted With Heroin Inside a Courthouse Is an Islamic Studies Scholar

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It appears that carrying 20 bags of heroin into a city courthouse is not a firable offense in New York City. In a ruling released yesterday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez found that Damian Esteban, found with 20 bags of heroin when he reported for jury duty last October, must be allowed to keep his job at Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, overturning the Department of Education's original firing.

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Cops: Driver High on Drugs Crashes Into a Bus Carrying Disabled Children [UPDATE]

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NBC New York
Update: This post has been updated throughout.

A Long island driver allegedly high on drugs crashed into a bus carrying disabled children this morning. The driver's Jeep crossed over the yellow line at 1345 Connetquot Avenue in Central Islip just after 8 a.m., colliding with the bus and causing both vehicles to burst into flames. There were five aboard the bus--the driver, two wheelchair-bound children, and two matrons attending to them.

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NYPD Narcotics Detectives Busted Up An Alleged Shabbat-Observing Drug Ring

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The Sheepshead Bay apartment building there the ring was allegedly based.
We're not saying that you deal drugs. And you really shouldn't. But in the event that you decide to dabble in the controlled substance arts, it seems important to keep several things in mind. Things like: deal only with people you know. Don't send incriminating mass text messages to your huge customer list, things like "Shop is now opened DOB, Blues, kpins, subs & white girl." Besides being poorly-punctuated, narcotics officers will quickly decode that one, inferring that you have for sale several different varieties of drugs: heroin that you've name-branded "D.O.B.," along with Oxycodone, Klonopin, Suboxone (a prescription drug people usually take to get off opioids) and cocaine.

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