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Press Releases

November 4, 2020
Statement of Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal on Constitutional Amendment Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/pr20201104a.html

October 22, 2020
Twelve Arrested in Takedown of Gang-Related Drug Ring that Sold Large Amounts of Heroin and Cocaine out of Drug Mills in Paterson
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/pr20201022a.html

July 10, 2020
Leading Member of Criminal Ring That Trafficked Untraceable “Ghost Gun” Assault Rifles and Cocaine Sentenced to 14 Years in State Prison
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/pr20200710a.html

March 4, 2020
Two Arrested and Over 17,000 Wax Folds of Suspected Heroin and Fentanyl Seized in Takedown of Major Opioid Mill in Paterson
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/pr20200304a.html

February 13, 2020
Drug Dealer Sentenced to Prison Following Trial Conviction for Trafficking 31 Kilograms of Heroin Seized in Secaucus Hotel Room
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/pr20200213a.html

December 2019
Nine Indicted in Investigation of Narcotics Network in South Jersey that led to Raid on Drug Mill and Seizure of Assault Rifles and Other Guns
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20191213a.html

November 15, 2019
Eight Defendants Sentenced to Prison in Investigation Into Violent Set of Bloods Street Gang that was Distributing Heroin In Paterson
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20191115a.html

November 13, 2019
Two Men Arrested and 18 Kilograms of Cocaine Seized by New Jersey State Police along with $119,000 in Alleged Drug Proceeds
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20191113a.html

November 1, 2019
Drug Dealer Sentenced to Five Years in State Prison in Case Involving Seizure of Furanyl Fentanyl and $732,000 in Cash
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20191101c.html

August 8, 2019
Attorney General Grewal Announces Results of Two Collaborative Operations Aimed at Priority Missions of Reducing Gun Violence & Fighting Opioid Epidemic
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190808a.html

July 12, 2019
Drug Dealer Sentenced to 17 Years in State Prison for Trafficking 1.5 Kilograms of Heroin Laced With Fentanyl into New Jersey
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190712a.html

July 9. 2019
Attorney General Grewal Announces Takedown Of Major Fentanyl And Heroin Mill In Irvington
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190709a.html

June 7, 2019
Salem County Drug Dealer Sentenced to 25 Years in State Prison Following Conviction at Trial on First-Degree Cocaine Charge
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190607b.html

June 5, 2019
Indictment in “Operation Stone Wall” Charges Nine Alleged Members of Ring that Trafficked Untraceable “Ghost Gun” Assault Rifles & Cocaine
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190605a.html

May 17, 2019
Drug Dealer Sentenced to 13 Years in State Prison as a Result of Two Separate Arrests During Which Police Seized Drugs and a Handgun
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190517a.html

April 15, 2019
AG Grewal Announces Indictment in “Operation Drive Thru” Targeting Newark Drug Ring That Sold Heroin Near I-78
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190415a.html

March 21, 2019
Attorney General Grewal Announces Takedown Of Major Fentanyl And Heroin Mill In Hudson County
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190321b.html

March 18, 2019
elve Arrested in “Operation Stone Wall” Targeting Criminal Network that Trafficked Untraceable “Ghost Gun” Assault Rifles and Drugs
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190318a.html

March 1, 2019
Nine Alleged Members of Violent Set of Bloods Indicted on Charges of First-Degree Racketeering & Conspiring to Distribute Heroin in Paterson
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190301b.html

February 7, 2019
Philadelphia Drug Dealer Convicted at Trial of Trafficking 1.5 Kilograms of Heroin Laced with Fentanyl into New Jersey
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190207a.htm

January 7, 2019
Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Supplying Fentanyl and Heroin that Caused Two Overdose Deaths
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190107a.html

December 14, 2018
Businessman Sentenced to Seven Years in State Prison for Conspiring With Doctor to Supply Highly Addictive Opioid Pain Pills to Drug Ring
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20181214a.html

December 13, 2019
AG Grewal Announces Major Takedown of Newark Drug Distribution Network, Seizure of 13 Firearms
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20181213a.html

December 3, 2019
Doctor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Supplying Highly Addictive Opioid Pain Pills to Drug Ring
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20181203a.html

October 26, 2018
Man Pleads Guilty to Supplying Fentanyl and Heroin that Caused Two Overdose Deaths
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20181026d.html

October 26, 2019
Man Who had $1.2 Million in Drug Money in His Car When Arrested by Division of Criminal Justice is Sentenced to 10 Years in State Prison
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20181026a.html

October 18,2018
Trenton Narcotics Dealer Sentenced to 30 Years in State Prison for Distributing First-Degree Quantity of Cocaine
https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20181018a.html

September 20, 2018
Doctor Pleads Guilty to Supplying Highly Addictive Opioid Pain Pills to Drug Ring
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180920a.html

August 17, 2018
Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison in Investigation that Led to Seizure of Kilogram of Heroin, Kilogram of Cocaine, and Guns
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180817b.html

August 15, 2018
Senior Correctional Police Officer Indicted on Charges He Conspired to Smuggle Opioid Painkillers to Inmate in South Woods State Prison
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180815a.html

July 13, 2018
Ringleader Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison for Running Drug Ring that Used Internet to Make Mail-Order Sales of Cocaine and Designer Drugs
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180713c.html

June 29 2018
Leader and Three Other Men Sentenced to Prison for Operating a Newark Heroin and Cocaine Ring Linked to Latin Kings Gang
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180629b.html

June 19, 2019
Man Who Was Convicted at Trial of Trafficking Guns and Oxycodone Sentenced to 30 Years in State Prison
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180619c.html

June 14, 2019
Man Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison as Leader of Drug Ring that Used the Internet to Make Mail-Order Sales of Cocaine and Designer Drugs
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180614b.html

June 8, 2019
Second Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Prison in Seizure of 5 Pounds of Methamphetamine by Atlantic City Task Force and Federal Partners
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180608a.html

June 7, 2019
Seventeen Indicted for Allegedly Conspiring to Distribute Heroin in Paterson as Members of Drug Network Linked to Bloods Street Gang
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180607b.html

May 30, 2018
Former Sales Representative for Insys Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Bribe Doctors to Prescribe the Super-Potent Fentanyl Spray Subsys
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180530b.html

May 18, 2018
Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison in Seizure of 5 Pounds of Methamphetamine by Atlantic City Task Force & Federal Partners
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180518f.html

May 18, 2018
Trenton Narcotics Dealer Convicted at Trial of Distributing First-Degree Quantity of Cocaine
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180518b.html

April 26, 2018
Alleged Drug Traffickers Indicted in Connection With 3-Kilo Seizure of Heroin by Atlantic City Task Force & Homeland Security Investigations
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180426a.html

April 20, 2018
Drug Dealer Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison in Connection With Seizure of Over 30 Pounds of the Super-Potent Opioid Fentanyl in Camden
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180420a.html

April 2, 2018
Leader and Three Other Men Plead Guilty in Connection With Heroin and Cocaine Ring in Newark Linked to Latin Kings Gang
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180402c.html

March 23, 2018
Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for His Role in Drug Ring That Used the Internet to Make Mail-Order Sales of Cocaine and Designer Drugs
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180323a.html

March 19, 2018
Indictments Charge 15 Alleged Leaders and Members of Three Separate Cocaine Distribution Rings in Plainfield, N.J., in “Operation Snowbank”
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180319a.html

March 13, 2018
Attorney General Announces Indictment of Nine Alleged Members of Major Cocaine Supply Network In Paterson
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180313a.html

January 26, 2018
Two Men Sentenced to Prison in Connection with Largest Seizure of Super-Potent Opioid Fentanyl in New Jersey History
https://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases18/pr20180126c.html

 

2/25/21 AG Grewal Announces Action to Promote Access to Mental Health Care for Frontline Healthcare Workers and Low-Income Individuals

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

2/18/21 AG Grewal Announces Four Regulatory Actions Addressing New Jersey’s Opioid Addiction Epidemic

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

2/4/21 AG Grewal Announces Settlement with Global Consulting Firm McKinsey & Co. over Its Role in “Turbocharging”  the Opioid Epidemic

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

1/21/21 AG Grewal Announces Multi-Million Dollar Settlement with Insys Therapeutics Founder John Kapoor over His Role in Fueling the Opioid Epidemic

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

11/23/20 AG Grewal Announces Actions Against 5 Doctors for Indiscriminately Prescribing Powerful Opioids in Exchange for Kickbacks from the Opioid Manufacturer Insys Therapeutics

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

10/28/20 Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes License of Physician Who Traveled Weekly from Rhode Island to Prescribe Large Quantities of Opioid Pain Medications to New Jersey Patients Without a Medical Basis

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

 

10/06/20

AG Grewal Marks Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, Announces State To More than Double Healthcare Entities with Enhanced Access to Prescription Database to Better Identify Patients at Risk of Addiction

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

8/31/20 AG Grewal Marks International Overdose Awareness Day With $1.2 Million in New Funding to Better Identify Patients at Risk of Addiction by Enhancing Access to Prescription Database Federal Funding Obtained in Partnership with NJ Department of Human Services to Fight Addiction

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

7/15/20 AG Grewal, Division of Consumer Affairs Announce Actions to Expand Access to Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

5/21/20 AG Grewal Announces Action to Reduce Risk of Fatal Overdoses During COVID-19 Crisis

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

 

1/16/20 AG Grewal Announces Enhancements to NJ PMP that Automatically Analyze Patient CDS History and Identify, Flag Potential Addiction Risks

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

11/21/19 Division of Consumer Affairs Permanently Bars Monmouth County Physician Assistant from Prescribing Controlled Dangerous Substances for Improperly Prescribing CDS to Patients at a Pain Management Center

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10/24/19 NJ CARES Urges Public to Join the Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse by Tossing Unwanted Medicines During Annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 26th This Year, the Collection Effort is Expanded to Include Electronic Vaping Devices

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

10/04/19 State Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Bars Ocean County Doctor from Prescribing Controlled Substances Following His Conviction on Charges of Illegal Distribution of Opioid Painkillers

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

9/13/19 NJ CARES and NJSIAA Announce Release of Opioid Education Video for Student Athletes Featuring Advice from Professional Sports Icons

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

8/22/19 AG Grewal Announces Grants to Establish “Opioid Response Teams”  in Five Cities Throughout New Jersey

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

6/20/19 Attorney General Grewal, NJCares Announce $2.2 Million in State Funding to Expand, Enhance “Operation Helping Hand”  Programs in Counties Across the State

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

5/30/19 AG Grewal Sues Eight Sackler Family Members; Alleges Their Greed-Driven Campaign to Boost Purdue Pharma Sales Triggered Opioid Crisis

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

5/6/19 AG Grewal, Division of Consumer Affairs Announce Three Rulemaking Actions Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

4/23/19 AG Grewal Announces Three Significant Actions in New Jersey’s Battle Against the Opioid Epidemic

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

1/24/19 State Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes Licenses of Two Doctors Convicted in Unrelated Criminal Cases Includes One Doctor Imprisoned for Supplying Opioids to a Criminal Drug Ring

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

11/30/18​​​

State Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes License of Middlesex Doctor After Online Tip, NJPMP Review Lead to Allegations of Indiscriminate Prescribing

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

11/13/18 AG Grewal Sues Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary for Deceiving Public About Dangers of Addictive Opioid Products

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

9/25/18 AG Grewal Unveils New Data Showing a Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions and the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic in Each New Jersey County

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

 

9/24/18 Over AG’s Arguments, State Board of Medical Examiners Declines to Suspend Medical License of Ocean County Doctor who Allegedly Overprescribed Dangerous Opioids Board Instead Temporarily Bans Doctor from Prescribing Controlled Substances

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

9/10/18 NJ Board of Medical Examiners Revokes License of Doctor Who Accepted $117,000 from Drug Maker to Prescribe Highly-Restricted Painkiller “Subsys”  to Patients for Whom the Drug Was Not Intended

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

5/4/18 NJ Board of Medical Examiners Revokes License of Vivienne Matalon, the Cherry Hill Doctor Who Indiscriminately Prescribed Painkiller “Subsys”  to Three Patients, Including One That Died​

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

4/20/18 State Medical Board Permanently Revokes License of Burlington County Family Physician for Allegedly Indiscriminately Prescribing Opioid Painkillers to Patients for Years​​​​

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4/13/18 Middlesex Doctor Temporarily Suspended from Practice After Online Tip, PMP Review Leads to Allegations of Indiscriminate Prescribing​​

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

4/03/18 Burlington County Doctor Temporarily Barred From Treating Patients Amid Allegations He Indiscriminately Prescribed Highly-Restricted Fentanyl “TIRF”  Drugs and Other Opioids to Patients

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3/16/18 Bergen County Doctor Permanently Barred from Practicing in New Jersey Amid Allegations He Indiscriminately Prescribed Opioid Painkillers ​​​​ New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

3/1/18 NJ Medical Board Temporarily Bars Passaic County Surgeon from Prescribing CDS, ​Seeing Patients without a State-Approved Monitor Amid Allegations of ​Indiscriminate Prescribing and Other Misconduct ​​

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Press Release (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

Division of Law Related Releases

2020

10/28– Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes License of Physician Who Traveled Weekly from Rhode Island to Prescribe Large Quantities of Opioid Pain Medications to New Jersey Patients Without a Medical Basis


2019

9/20 – As Purdue, Sacklers Seek to Block NJ’s Opioid Suit Citing Bankruptcy, AG Grewal Demands Documents from Sackler Family, Related Entities

5/30 – AG Grewal Sues Eight Sackler Family Members; Alleges Their Greed-Driven Campaign to Boost Purdue Pharma Sales Triggered Opioid Crisis – Complaint: Board-Controlling Sacklers’ Misconduct Continued After Prior Federal Criminal Case; They Used Bad Science, Marketing Lies to Chart New But Still Crooked Opioid Sales Course                    

3/21 – State Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes License of Atlantic County Doctor Convicted in Opioid Trafficking Ring – Wrote Prescriptions for Thousands of OxyContin Pain Pills Sold on the Streets

1/24 – State Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes Licenses of Two Doctors Convicted in Unrelated Criminal Cases – Includes One Doctor Imprisoned for Supplying Opioids to a Criminal Drug Ring


2018:

11/30 – State Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes License of Middlesex Doctor After Online Tip, NJPMP Review Lead to Allegations of Indiscriminate Prescribing

9/24 – Over AG’s Arguments, State Board of Medical Examiners Declines to Suspend Medical License of Ocean County Doctor who Allegedly Overprescribed Dangerous Opioids – Board Instead Temporarily Bans Doctor from Prescribing Controlled Substances

8/9 – New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners Revokes License of Five Doctors in Unrelated Cases Involving the Prescription of Opioids, Anabolic Steroids, or Other Controlled Substances

5/4 – NJ Board of Medical Examiners Revokes License of Vivienne Matalon, the Cherry Hill Doctor Who Indiscriminately Prescribed Painkiller “Subsys” to Three Patients, Including One That Died

4/20 – State Medical Board Permanently Revokes License of Burlington County Family Physician for Allegedly Indiscriminately Prescribing Opioid Painkillers to Patients for Years

4/13 – Middlesex Doctor Temporarily Suspended from Practice After Online Tip, PMP Review Leads to Allegations of Indiscriminate Prescribing

4/13 – Middlesex Doctor Temporarily Suspended from Practice After Online Tip, PMP Review Leads to Allegations of Indiscriminate Prescribing

4/3 – Burlington County Doctor Temporarily Barred From Treating Patients Amid Allegations He Indiscriminately Prescribed Highly-Restricted Fentanyl “TIRF” Drugs and Other Opioids to Patients

3/16 – Bergen County Doctor Permanently Barred from Practicing in New Jersey Amid Allegations He Indiscriminately Prescribed Opioid Painkillers

3/1 – NJ Medical Board Temporarily Bars Passaic County Surgeon from Prescribing CDS, Seeing Patients Without a State-Approved Monitor Amid Allegations of Indiscriminate Prescribing and Other Misconduct

 

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