March 3, 1989
Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh pledged to seek the death penalty for the killer of an unarmed federal drug agent killed during an investigation of cocaine dealing on Staten Island. The vow came as a civic group, Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot, posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.
April 27, 1992 |
Damn them, anyway! Weren't they supposed to be his friends? He had moved the three of them into the building to be his eyes and ears and muscle against the drug boys--and to set an example for the tenants. Instead, they were sucking up the crack themselves and getting it on with those cheap get-high girls who'll do anything for a few puffs on the pipe. Carlton Collier was angry, at his pals and at his own bad judgment.
February 4, 1991 |
The number of fatal overdoses blamed on a potent "designer" drug sold in the Bronx rose to 11, and police in three states were warning heroin addicts to stay clear of packages marked "Tango and Cash." As word of the danger spread, police said, at least one dealer changed the labels and continued selling the drug. Since the super-potent heroin first appeared over the weekend, four people have died in New York, five in New Jersey and two in Connecticut.
March 1, 1988
About 10,000 police officers attended last rites in Seaford, N.Y., for Edward Byrne, a 22-year-old policeman killed while protecting a witness in a drug case. It was the largest police turnout for a fallen colleague in the history of the New York City Police, authorities said. They came from Texas and Ohio, Maryland and Rhode Island, and they lined the eight blocks approaching St. James Church.
October 12, 1988 |
Police seized about 1,000 pounds of cocaine from a house in Queens, bringing to 14,000 pounds the amount of the drug seized in New York City over the last four months, officials said Tuesday. City police, Drug Enforcement Administration agents and state police raided the house Monday night, arresting three Colombian citizens.
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August 8, 1997 |
A Santa Ana police investigator working with federal agents was involved in a New York City gun battle Wednesday night that left one man dead after an undercover drug operation went sour, according to police. The unidentified Santa Ana investigator was not injured in the Manhattan shootout that left a suspect dead, another wounded and a federal agent hospitalized, according to police and federal officials.
August 13, 1989 |
An estimated 300 mourners, including Mayor Edward I. Koch, attended a funeral Mass Saturday for slain anti-drug crusader Maria Hernandez, amid heavy security to prevent further violence against her family. Hernandez, 34, a mother of three who with her husband fought to force drug dealers out of her Brooklyn neighborhood, was shot to death Tuesday, possibly in retaliation for her anti-drug efforts. During a 70-minute Mass conducted in Spanish and English at St.
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November 21, 1987
A reputed Gambino crime family member who is alleged to be one of New York City's biggest heroin traffickers has been arrested by federal authorities at a hotel in Los Angeles two months after skipping trial, prosecutors said Friday. When he fled, Mark Reiter, 39, was standing trial with 10 others on charges of being part of a ring that brought hundreds of pounds of heroin into the New York area. Sources said a tip led federal authorities to Reiter.