STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- (WPIX) -- The NYPD arrested 15 people, including alleged gang members, who operated a heroin, fentanyl, suboxone and cocaine distribution network on Staten Island, the Richmond County District Attorney’s office said.
Stephen Cummings has been indicted on one count of manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide. Cummings allegedly sold fentanyl to a person who overdosed and died.
It is the first time that a NYC District Attorney’s office has brought homicide-related charges against a drug dealer for a death by overdose.
The investigation of the operation around Port Richmond, New Brighton and West Brighton began in July 2016.