Heroin Takes Center Stage with Arrests and Federal Programs to Combat Scourge

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities on Long Island last week announced large scale heroin busts just as elected officials vowed to combat the scourge of opioid abuse by pouring billions of federal funds into various drug programs.In Nassau County, District Attorney Madeline Singas’ office indicted 14 alleged members of a heroin ring that operated in Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn-based crew allegedly sold upwards of 23,000 doses of heroin each week, which authorities conservatively estimated to be worth $170,000.The alleged ring’s downfall came after authorities tracked a dealer to a large-scale drug network distributing thousands of doses of the drug each week, authorities said.Of the 14 indicted, a dozen have been arraigned, one is in custody, and another has yet to be arrested, said Singas.Four of the alleged members of the drug ring face up to 25 years in life in prison. One of the alleged leaders of the group, Leigh Jackson, is accused of selling packaged heroin stamped “Taster’s Choice” linked to several overdoses, including one that caused the death of a 23-year-old woman from Garden City Park, Singas said.Authorities executed several search warrants that resulted in the seizure of two firearms, ammunition, $12,000 in cash, and a large amount of heroin, Singas said.Similar items were discovered in a house in Coram earlier last week, according to Suffolk County police. While executing a search warrant at the residence, police found 349 grams of heroin, more than $83,000, an assault rifle and two handguns, police said. The 44-year-old man who lives at the house, Keith Daves, was arrested and charged on drug and weapons charges.Announcing the arrest, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said: “If you are selling drugs in Suffolk County, we will be coming for you.”Back in Nassau, County Executive Ed Mangano reportedly intends to sue drug manufacturers to pay back county taxpayers for the cost of fighting the opioid epidemic. Officials in Suffolk County announced a similar lawsuit last summer.Federal officials have also made combating the drug epidemic a priority. Included in this year’s federal budget is $4 billion for substance abuse and mental health services.“The opioid and heroin crisis on Long Island and across New York is a symptom of a national emergency that’s taken the lives of far too many Americans,” said U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “This significant federal investment will put words into action and combat this national crisis by supporting prevention, interdiction, treatment and recovery programs and help us turn the tide against this tragic scourge.”The budget allocates $160 million to help pay for enforcement and treatment programs and more than $100 million for prevention.last_img read more

Wilfried Zaha speaks out on failed Arsenal transfer

first_imgWilfried Zaha speaks out on failed Arsenal transfer Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Oct 2019 8:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Crystal Palace rejected Arsenal’s £40m offer for Zaha (Getty Images)‘I had to put my head down and play my football,’ Zaha told BBC Africa.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly.‘I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my teammates to treat them that way.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’.‘I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly.‘Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Wilfried Zaha was wanted by Arsenal in the summer (Getty Images)Wilfried Zaha admits his ‘head was a bit all over the place’ following Arsenal’s failed attempt to sign him this summer.Crystal Palace were angered by Arsenal’s £40m offer for Zaha, while the Gunners refused to match the 26-year-old’s £80 million valuation.Zaha had made it clear that he wanted to leave at the end of last season but Palace held firm following bids from Arsenal and Everton and kept their star player.And the Ivory Coast international says he realised the had to quickly get over the disappointment of being unable to leave.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ireland introduces uniformed 18-year age limit on all forms of gambling

first_img Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Updating industry stakeholders, The Irish Cabinet has approved new age limit regulations for gambling services set under the new ‘Courts and Civil Liabilities Bill’ (Miscellaneous Provisions).The new mandate will set a uniformed age limit of 18-year across all forms of licensed gambling across Ireland. The introduced Bill has set out to modernize the provisions of the 1956 ‘Gaming & Lotteries Act’.The Gaming & Lotteries Act was deemed inefficient for Irish betting consumers, as regulations only covered gambling activities at circuses, carnivals, funfairs and amusement halls.Under the provisions of the current piece of legislation, users are not allowed to purchase a lottery ticket or place a bet in case they are not 18 years old. In addition, under-aged individuals are not allowed to be in a bookmaker’s outlet. Up to date, the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956 allows persons who are over 16 years old to enter arcades or amusement halls in which there may be slot machines.The Cabinet and supporting MPs believe that the new legislation will bring clarity to Irish gambling provisions for both consumers and commercial stakeholders. Members of the Dáil Éireann have raised concerns that a number of local lotteries and charity raffles have acted without any proper authorization, breaking rules on prize limits being over €30,000.To date, legislation has been delayed  due to ‘complexities’ surrounding effective implementation, Nevertheless Irish MPs stated to the media the first legislation areas will be  introduced in the next parliamentary session. Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020last_img read more