Ceferino 'Papo' Perez, Cocaine Kingpin and Photoshop Aficionado, Gets 20 Years to Life

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Recall Ceferino "Papo" Perez? He's that humble East Harlem coke king who Photoshopped his pic on top of Al Pacino's photo in a Scarface movie poster -- and displayed the masterpiece on his nightstand(!)

Perez, 45, pleaded guilty this month to mastermining a massive cocaine ring, which got busted in June. But today, Seferino got a 20-years-to-life prison sentence, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Twenty one of his cronies have also been sentenced.

The op was said to include both a $650,000 delivery biz and a $1.1 mil wholesale subsidiary that distributed blow and crack-cocaine to dealers throughout the city for 25 years.

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U.S. Seizes $180 Million Worth of Cocaine From "Semi-Submarine" off Honduran Coast

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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 Caribbean coast of Gracias a Dios, Honduras. The Miami Herald reports the traffickers sank the ship, but this weekend an FBI dive team was able to find it and its cargo: $180 million worth of cocaine.

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Someone Left Four Pairs of Sneakers, Five Pounds of Cocaine at JFK Airport

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Nearly five pounds of cocaine were found hidden in the soles of sneakers in a suitcase at John F. Kennedy Airport last week, Customs and Border Protection Officers announced on Monday. No one ever picked up the luggage, which came from the Dominican Republic, perhaps because they thought airport agents were on to them, and on Thursday officials noticed the kicks were a little heavier than usual. A search revealed them to be filled with white powder -- the kind worth about $107,000 on the street. Meanwhile, the two white pairs in the middle say "Hang Ten" on the back and could probably fetch a pretty penny at a vintage store, especially with this backstory. Just sayin'. [NBC NY]

NYC Cocaine Could Rot Your Skin Off

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A new scientific report notes that most of the cocaine in the United States is "adulterated" with levamisole, which is used to de-worm livestock, and can cause people's skin to rot right off. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reports that, "Up to 70% of cocaine in the United States could be contaminated." They looked back at patients whose skin was dried and rotting on the face, ears and body, and though they did not test for the chemical, "We believe this case series may represent the tip of the iceberg as a looming public health problem caused by levamisole." Dirty coke: now with results you can see!

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Weapons Arsenal Discovered During Bronx Cocaine Bust

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Yesterday, brothers Victor and Tonin Miri were arrested on gun and drug possession charges following an investigation by the NYPD's Manhattan gang unit. New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have announced that 12 firearms, including 5 assault weapons, were seized during a court-authorized search of Victor Miri's apartment (a/k/a, the "cocaine distribution center") in the Bainbridge section of the Bronx.


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Video of Charlie Sheen's Bender Released

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TMZ has gotten their hands on video of Charlie Sheen during the epic coke-fueled bender that landed him in rehab again recently. It's incredibly creepy, and kind of sad? There's a lot of Charlie Sheen yelling "Ohhh!" and throwing his arms around, and girls in tight shiny outfits with smiles plastered onto their faces, which are presumably constructed out of polyurethane. And people are laughing obsequiously. And everything seems just really sweaty, and decadent, and let's keep in mind while watching that Sheen is a 45-year-old father.

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America's Workplace: Slightly Less Coked Up, Still Stressin'

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According to recently released stats, the number of Americans doing coke at work has taken a downward turn, falling nearly 30 percent from the apparently high-flying recession years of 2008 and 2009 to about ".29% of the population," reports Fortune. However, twice as many of us are now using heroin (that still makes up only .04 percent of us total -- have you ever seen anyone try to work on heroin?). Meanwhile, "the use of prescription painkillers on the job is soaring" -- this is particularly true for drugs like Vicodin and Oxycontin. And a full 20.3 million of us were classified as having "substance abuse disorders" in 2008, of which 15.8 million ostensibly held down jobs.

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Read the Voice, Get High

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Today in unexpected uses for the Village Voice: Drug mule! (Sort of.) Via the New York Post, we've learned that two "drug dealerships" offering pot and "low-cost but high-grade cocaine" left their business cards in Voice issues distributed in the East Village and the Lower East Side. This seems to have worked on their target market of college kids and bar-goers, some 200 of whom responded to the "grassroots" marketing campaign, according to a press release from Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

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Paris Hilton, Cocaine, Vagina, "Pro": Take A Guess.

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And now, for your shameless SEO bait-post of the day, this, via Ian Undercover: "That's why the first thing she asked the cops in Vegas was to use the bathroom," the source named "Caroline" told IUC. Haven't figured it out yet?

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How to Tell the Difference Between Cocaine and Anthrax: A Crib Sheet

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If you're going to come to New York to work in fashion, you should probably know the difference between cocaine and anthrax. It's that simple. Via Page Six, an employee of NYC fashion megastar Marc Jacobs didn't, as she received a package that had powder in it, thought it was Anthrax, called the cops, and got it taken away. With this in mind, it's pretty apparent that the girl should be given a failing grade in Intro to Fashion Industry 1010: Basics. Let's go over where she went wrong.

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