October 6, 2023
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The fentanyl crisis afflicting our city and our country demands that those of us in law enforcement do all in our power to shut down illegal narcotics manufacturers and suppliers and hold the traffickers accountable. 

A search warrant executed recently at a Queens Village home led to the arraignment of five individuals on drugs and weapons charges after the discovery of more than 4 kilograms of fentanyl-laced cocaine and heroin and four firearms. A 10-year-old boy lived in the home. 

While there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done, our efforts are helping to make a difference: Data from the NYPD and Office of the Medical Examiner shows a 30.4% reduction in overdose fatalities in Queens through mid-September compared to the same period in 2022.

The decline in overdose deaths reflects the commitment and dedication of my team and the NYPD to fighting the fentanyl and opiod epidemic that annually claims tens of thousands of lives across the country.

My top priority will always be keeping you and your loved ones safe.

In Friendship,

Melinda Katz
Queens District Attorney
Cases of Interest
  • Husband to be sentenced for hitting wife with SUV, stabbing her in front of their children (Friday, October 6)
  • Man to be sentenced in Rufus King Park shooting death (Monday, October 23)
Cold Case
If you have information about Dashawn Taylor, who was killed in Jamaica six years ago, contact NYPD Crimestoppers by calling 800-577-TIPS, or through the online form.

It is never too late for justice.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
I hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration this week that paid tribute to the many contributions of Hispanic Americans to Queens.

I extend my congratulations to the night's honorees: Fresco's Grand Cantina restaurant in Astoria; immigration attorney Luis Gomez Alfaro of Leleu & Associates LLC; Senior Assistant District Attorney Richard LaRosa; and Administrative Manager Clara Ortiz from my office.
Champions of Opportunity
I attended Alphapointe New York's annual fundraising event recognizing those who empower the blind and visually impaired through workforce development and rehabilitation services.

The resources Alphapointe provides to people with vision loss are much needed in our city, and it is great to have them right in our backyard in Queens.
Winter Apparel Donation
With cold weather approaching, it's important we help keep Queens families warm. My Community Partnerships division recently delivered donated winter apparel to several non-profit organizations, including Bangladeshi Humanitarian and Leadership Outreach, to ensure that the items reach those in need.
Pet Adoption Event