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New York City authorities bust massive amount of heroin, fentanyl branded as ‘COVID-19,’ ‘Drop Dead’

Three drug dealers who used “COVID-19” and “Drop Dead” to mark their heroin and fentanyl loads were busted in New York City in June with $ 5 million worth of drugs, prosecutors said Friday. 

Authorities seized nearly 40 pounds of both drugs from the suspected traffickers in two Morris Heights apartments in the Bronx and a vehicle during a June 11 bust, the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutors office said. 

“This seizure of 40 pounds of heroin and fentanyl has saved lives,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. “The fact that the packagers used ‘COVID-19’ as a brand name illustrates the callousness of these alleged traffickers, as opioid overdose deaths surged during the pandemic.”

Three suspect drug traffickers used a variety of code names to brand their drugs, including "COVID-19" and Drop Dead," authorities said. 

Three suspect drug traffickers used a variety of code names to brand their drugs, including “COVID-19″ and Drop Dead,” authorities said. 
(New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor )

The indictment charges alleged traffickers Hector Morillo, 46; Jaime Artiles, 47; and Freddy Hernandez-Reyes, 44, with operating as a major trafficker in possession of a controlled substance in the first and third degrees. They were all arraigned Friday. 

On June 11, agents with the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force Group T-22 were surveilling the two apartments at 1730 Montgomery Avenue. At 5:15 a.m., they observed Artiles park a Honda Pilot, followed by Reyes carrying a weighted-down bag out of the building to the car. 

Agents seized 40 pounds of alleged heroin and fentanyl during a bust in the Bronx. The drugs were branded with several names such as "COVID-19" and "Drop Dead," officials said. 

Agents seized 40 pounds of alleged heroin and fentanyl during a bust in the Bronx. The drugs were branded with several names such as “COVID-19” and “Drop Dead,” officials said. 
(New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor )

Reyes then re-entered the apartment building with a light blue bag. Agents followed Artiles and the vehicle with the weighted-down bag in the back as he stopped at the Interstate 95 lower level near the George Washington Bridge.

Around 10:30 a.m., agents allegedly saw Morillo circle the block around the building before entering. He and Reyes were both seen leaving unit 4G. They then exited unit 6E shortly afterward, authorities said.

Agents found $  5 million worth of drugs inside two Bronx apartments and a vehicle during a June 11 bust, officials said Friday. 

Agents found $ 5 million worth of drugs inside two Bronx apartments and a vehicle during a June 11 bust, officials said Friday. 
(New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor )

Reyes was carrying three plastic bags, including one appearing to contain stamps and envelopes used for branding and packaging doses of drugs, officials said. The agents stopped both men and searched the bags, which allegedly contained 1.5 kilograms of heroin and fentanyl.

Morillo also had an ID card issued by Dominican Republic National Investigations, which prosecutors believe was fraudulently obtained. Agents obtained a search warrant later that day for both apartments where they found heroin and fentanyl in brick and powder form, thousands of packages of glassine envelopes containing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, packaging equipment, stamps, grinders and scales, authorities said. 

The results of DEA Laboratory analysis on some of the substances seized in the case are pending, officials said.

The stamps were branded with names like “COVID-19″ and Drop Dead” below an image of a skull. 

Hector Morillo, 46, was found with an ID fromt he Dominican Republica National Investigation, authorities said. 

Hector Morillo, 46, was found with an ID fromt he Dominican Republica National Investigation, authorities said. 
(New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor )


“Here in New York City, 75% of all drug overdoses are linked to fentanyl. Fentanyl is death,” said Ray Donovan, the Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge. 

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‘Weak’ Joe Biden branded ‘out of his depth’ with Vladimir Putin after summit

Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Gardiner said Mr Biden is following his predecessor Barack Obama’s “lacklustre ‘leading from behind’ doctrine”.

He then said Mr Biden agreeing to the summit “was a mistake”, with no “conceivable benefit” for the US.

The former aide wrote: “Putin is not a pragmatist like Mikhail Gorbachev, the Cold War leader who worked with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to bring an end to the Soviet Empire.

“He is a cold-blooded killer, schooled in the murderous and uncompromising mindset of the KGB, and he should never have been granted a meeting with the US president while there are still Russian troops in Georgia and Ukraine.”

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Naga Munchetty defiantly reacts as BBC branded ‘propaganda merchants’ amid BLM discussion

The BBC Radio 5 presenter then asked her guest how he knew the person who was booing was being racist.

She queried: “Maybe, and this is what a lot of fans have said who have said they boo, they don’t like to see their football team being political.”

In response, Billy said football bosses had used politics as an “excuse” to avoid highlighting the importance of racism awareness.

He added he had spoken to those high up in the industry, who, he claims, said racism is political and can’t be mixed with the sport.

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New Covid variant spreading rapidly in UK branded a 'big worry' by prominent professor

According to professor Hunter, the number of cases is increasing quite rapidly from week to week and that is a “big worry”.

Although working out its exact transmissibility is not straightforward, the variant is somewhere between 40 or 50 percent more transmissible than the Kent strain, he said.

The situation is concerning but cases are increasing from a lower place due to gains the country has made, prof Hunter pointed out.

What’s more, restrictions may continue to be eased if “hospitalisation rates remain flat” despite the rise in cases, he said.

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Max Verstappen must heed Rosberg warning as Lewis Hamilton branded 'dangerous' by Webber

Lewis Hamilton, having just finished seventh in the Monaco Grand Prix as his title rival Max Verstappen dominated from the front, is now at his most dangerous.
Unhappy with the set-up Mercedes chose for his car in qualifying – where he was only seventh-fastest – and with the race strategy on Sunday, he was clearly agitated on the radio to Peter Bonington, his race engineer.

“What has just happened guys?” he demanded to know as the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin came out in front of the Mercedes at the pit stops.

“I have just lost two places. I saved the tyres to go longer, yet we stopped before everybody.”

His demeanour after the race showed his disappointment too.

“A beaten Lewis Hamilton is an extremely dangerous Hamilton,” were the words from former Red Bull driver Mark Webber after the race.

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We’ve seen it before alongside former Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, the only man to have beaten Hamilton in a Mercedes in 2016. The seven-time world champion is just not wired up for failure.

Rosberg noticed Hamilton’s change of tone, a stark contrast to his recent run of success. But, as he pointed out, Hamilton and Verstappen share a crucial trait.

He explained on Sky Sports F1: “Behind closed doors, Lewis Hamilton is not cordial, Lewis Hamilton is angry… Max is also the kind of guy, you really hate to be beaten by Max Verstappen because he’ll really rub it in you know.

“So don’t worry, the intensity is there in exactly the same way [when you’re not Hamilton’s team-mate]. He always comes back stronger even after a difficult weekend.”

Those words of Rosberg rung out across the weekend, and despite Hamilton claiming he didn’t want to get into “childish war of words”, he ruffled Verstappen’s feathers at the start of the weekend, claiming he had “a point to prove.”

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UFO’s branded ‘security threat’ by ex-Navy official ahead of bombshell Pentagon report

Repeating suggestions from other experts, Lt. Graves theorised the UFOs he sighted could be a secret US technology, enemy surveillance devices or something else completely.

He said: “This is a difficult one to explain.

“You have rotation, you have high altitudes. You have propulsion, right?

“I don’t know. I don’t know what it is, frankly. I would say, you know, the highest probability is it’s a threat observation program.”

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Lewis Hamilton branded lucky to get away with 'bigger mistakes' than Max Verstappen

“He has made a far bigger, and should have been far costlier, mistake than all of the mistakes Verstappen made [in Portugal] put together, but circumstance got him back to second place – and a great recovery drive thereafter the red flag.

“But without Bottas and Russell crashing in the manner they did, there’s not a Safety Car, there’s not a red flag at the perfect time that Hamilton can basically restart the race from ninth place rather than being ninth plus a pit-stop and, by the way, a lap down.

“Hamilton is making very few errors overall, but he has also made a big one this year that should have cost him a lot more than six points in the end to Verstappen at Imola.

“It’s not just one of them making errors – one of them is making a lot of small ones, the other has made one big one over three races.”

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Sadiq Khan humiliated: Mayor’s London rent control plan branded ‘economic illiteracy’

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Sadiq Khan humiliated

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Amid the Mayor’s calls for increased power, Matthew Lesh the head of research at the Adam Smith Insitute stated Mr Khan’s plan is a way to detract from his failures. He said: “This is economic illiteracy of the highest order. “Khan is only considering the immediate effects of freezing rent: a short-term benefit to those currently renting — helping higher-income earners who have existing rental arrangements.

“This entirely ignores the longer-term effects.

“Khan’s rent control proposal is ultimately a cynical political ploy to distract from failures in the Mayor’s areas of responsibility.

“Crime is on the rise, Crossrail is years behind schedule, Transport for London is running gigantic deficits, and council rates are on the rise.

“Now is the time for serious leadership that evangelizes London and addresses serious issues — not an old, failed policy.”

In a further attack on the Mayor’s plan, Mr Lesh claimed any control on rent prices will only lead to less housing availability, in a piece written for The Daily Telegraph.

Indeed, once occupied, the economist claimed residents will not move from their properties causing younger families being unable to crack into the market.

Due to these rent controls, there will be less construction or even the demolition of buildings.

In turn, with residents occupying properties for long periods, landlords will have less revenue and be under less pressure to develop properties.

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Using the example of Berlin, the researcher revealed how the city had instituted similar plans in 2014 before it was found to be unconstitutional this month.

Indeed, amid Mr Khan’s plans, approximately 700,000 people have departed the city over the last year causing rent prices in the capital to drop by 17 percent.

As Mr Lesh concluded: “This should serve as an important lesson: rents are determined by supply and demand.

“When there is again a growing population in the capital, chasing the same number of properties, prices will go up.


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“The solution to this problem is clear: build more homes.”

Also within Mr Khan’s manifesto is to build 10,000 new council homes over the next four years.

This is part of his target to build 116,000 affordable homes during his time as Mayor.

However, according to figures acquired by the Conservative Assembly member Andrew Boff, only 35,000 new affordable homes would’ve been built on current progress by 2026.

This project would’ve used £4.82billion in Government grants while only 56,239 had been completed as of December 2020.

Mr Boff commented: “London has a fantastic deal from the Government – we’ve been given a third of England’s affordable homes budget.

“It’s the Mayor’s job to come up with a plan to turn that investment into new homes. He has no excuses for being unambitious.

“Under Sadiq Khan, City Hall housebuilding has become sluggish.

“After five years, he’s started less than half of the homes he has the money to build.

“It’s no wonder he’s chickening out and scaling back his housing plan by two-thirds.”

Some, however, have claimed Brexit and the pandemic have caused the production of housing to be slowed.

Mr Khan’s office has been contacted for comment.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Spotify deal branded ‘kick in the teeth’ amid reform call

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He said to MPs during a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee meeting that the deal was different to their work with musicians.

Horacio said: “Like a lot of our services, there is a market for certain talent because they command a certain amount of consumption.

“We don’t get to negotiate directly with artists the way we negotiate with podcasters or people who create podcasts so the structure of that market is very different.

“The product is valued based on how many users it can attract, how many streams it will attract, which in turn determines how many advertisers are willing to advertise on the podcast which determines the economic opportunity, there’s a market that’s emerging for talent in that regard.”

James May branded a 'wuss' by director as he details what he dislikes most about star

“We got to the other end and Tom said, ‘We’ll have to do that again’… I hated it,” he recalled, after a filming issue.

The star went on to discuss his worries during windy weather, saying it’s likely it goes back to his younger years.

He added: “I must have seen something on television or in a cartoon, I believed I would be blown away. A bit Mary Poppins like.

“A little bit of me still believes it. I don’t like really windy days.”