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Opioid-fentanyl maker used every trick in the book’ to illegally push drug, N.J. suit alleges

The state filed a lawsuit Thursday against the maker of an opioid-fentanyl drug, calling the company’s conduct “nothing short of evil.” The four-count lawsuit filed in Middlesex County Superior Court charges that Insys Therapeutics Inc. engaged in a greed-driven campaign of consumer  fraud and submission of false claims to health insurers to increase the market share for its drug Subsys. Subsys was given narrow FDA approval to treat cancer pain in opioid-toleratn people, but instead
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Two arrested with drugs and gun in Atlantic City

An Atlantic City man with a history of drug and gun charges was arrested with both Tuesday, according to new charges. Special Investigation Section Detectives Brian Hambrecht and Ermindo Marsini were patrolling the beach block of Ocean Avenue just before 10 p.m., in response to residents’ complaints about drugs there, when they became suspicious of two men as they got out of a vehicle, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Alexander Botchway and Christopher Tolbert Jr. were
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Three arrested allegedly bringing $1 million worth of heroin into Atlantic City

Three men allegedly trafficking large amounts of heroin into Atlantic City were arrested last week with about 3½ kilograms of fentanyl-laced heroin. The approximately $300,000 worth of drugs could have sold on the street for more than $1 million, once packaged, Attorney General Christopher Porrino said. An investigation by the Atlantic City Task Force and its partner agencies found the organization was transporting heroin from Mexico to the New York City area, and into Atlantic
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Atlantic County has four overdose deaths, thousands in drug seizures in one week

Four families lost loved ones to drug overdoses, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced Thursday. There are several investigations into the deaths related to heroin and/or fentanyl, and have been arrests, Tyner said. The names are being withheld at this time. He also pointed out that it was a week that saw thousands of bags of heroin taken off the streets in arrests in Linwood, Northfield and Atlantic City. The street value of the approximately
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Alleged leader of Atlantic County drug- and gun-trafficking ring will be held pending trial

An Egg Harbor City man who faces life in prison as the alleged leader of a drug- and gun-trafficking network will be held pending trial, a judge ruled during a detention hearing Tuesday. Kenneth Burrell, 39, was one of 16 people arrested last week in a multi-agency investigation that led to the seizure of 21 firearms, more than 10,000 bags of heroin and fentanyl, and 10 ounces of cocaine. Under the new bail reform, the
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16 arrested in trafficking of guns and drugs in Atlantic County

Investigators seized 21 firearms, more than 10,000 bags of heroin in fentanyl and 10 ounces of cocaine in a two-month investigation that resulted in 16 arrests of Atlantic County residents. Kenneth Burrell, 39, of Egg Harbor City, allegedly led the organization, which trafficked illegal drugs and firearms in Pleasantville and Egg Harbor City. He was arrested in another drug raid in 2015, just six months after he was released from a prison, where he served 2½
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