Hordes of illegal cannabis shops invade NYC

Hordes of illegal cannabis shops invade NYC

There are “likely tens of thousands of illicit cannabis businesses” currently operating out of bodegas, smoke shops and other storefronts in New York City — with many of the pop-up shops selling bad or dangerously tainted weed, a new study reveals. The survey, conducted by the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association — in concert … Read more

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NYPD workers among 17 NYC employees busted in $1.5M COVID relief scam

NYPD workers among 17 NYC employees busted in $1.5M COVID relief scam

Seventeen New York City municipal workers – including seven from the NYPD and one MTA staffer – were busted in separate COVID-19 relief schemes that netted them over $1.5 million in federal funds, prosecutors said Wednesday. Some of the conspirators allegedly spent the fraudulently obtained cash to gamble or on stocks, furniture and electronics, according … Read more

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DA Alvin Brag busts Staten Island drug ring involving doctor

DA Alvin Brag busts Staten Island drug ring involving doctor

A Manhattan doctor was indicted over a drug-dealing scheme in which he allegedly wrote prescriptions for pills — including opioids and Adderall — that were then sold on the street, prosecutors said Wednesday. Dr. Noel Smith, a Tribeca family physician, is accused of writing scripts for five men who then conspired to distribute the tens … Read more

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Shops, residents of NYC’s Soho up in arms over street gambling

Shops, residents of NYC's Soho up in arms over street gambling

On Saturday afternoon, Soho shoppers began their Christmas sprees ducking in and out of Louis Vuitton, Yves St. Laurent and Loewe. But a more sinister group was eager to entice them to spend their money. Set up between Greene Street’s Patagonia and the luxe streetwear store Amiri and across from Alexander McQueen, a man dressed … Read more

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Suspect charged in deadly beating of NYC man Esvin Vasquez: cops

Suspect charged in deadly beating of NYC man Esvin Vasquez: cops

A suspect has been charged with murder in connection with a deadly wooden-board beating of a Queens man during a street brawl, authorities said.  Michael Santander, 20, was picked up by the Regional Fugitive Task Force for alleged involvement in the brutal Nov. 13 attack on Esvin Vasquez, 23, cops said late Tuesday.  In addition … Read more

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NY Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoes bill to fight fentanyl scourge

NY Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoes bill to fight fentanyl scourge

With a deadly crisis of fentanyl-related overdose deaths fast becoming a scourge in the U.S., New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has vetoed a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting the problem. The measure, unanimously approved by both the state Assembly and Senate in the spring — but left in the Democratic governor’s drawer as she ran … Read more

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Autistic man beaten, slashed in broad-daylight NYC attack: cops

Autistic man beaten, slashed in broad-daylight NYC attack: cops

Two heartless assailants punched and slashed an autistic man in a broad-daylight beatdown in the Bronx, authorities said.  The 26-year-old victim was running errands with his mother on Melrose Avenue near East 154th Street around 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22 when the pair struck, according to cops and a WPIX report.  The victim’s mother told the … Read more

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