Six Charged as Round-the-Clock Street Market for Drugs is Dismantled in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx
Six individuals were arrested and indicted in connection with a disruptive street-level drug organization that operated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington Heights, Manhattan and Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx. The organization allegedly sold a wide range of substances, including heroin mixed with fentanyl, counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine, during the wiretap investigation conducted by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Bronx, Narcotics Borough Manhattan North and 33rd Precinct.
Meth Conversion Lab Found in Vacant Bronx Apartment
NEW YORK CITY – A methamphetamine conversion lab was safely dismantled at 3204 Kingsbridge Ave., Apt. 6A, Bronx, NY by members U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and New York City Police Department (NYPD). Agents and officers arrested three individuals and seized approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine, 45 grams of heroin, and 2,000 pills with the appearance of Percocet and oxycodone that will be tested as possible counterfeits. This is the first meth conversion lab that DEA has encountered in New York City. The case is being prosecuted by New York City’s Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.
Over 86 Pounds of Suspected Heroin, 1,000 Fentanyl Pills and $200,000 Cash Seized in Ridgewood, Queens: Four Arrests
An accused major trafficker and three other individuals are charged in connection with a large-scale heroin-packaging mill dismantled in Ridgewood, Queens. Approximately 39 kilograms of suspected heroin, with an estimated street value of $12 million, 1,000 fentanyl pills and $200,000 cash were recovered during the investigation, conducted by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF), Group T-21, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York.
Statement by Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan on Record High Overdose Deaths due to Fentanyl
“As the deadly COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, we are learning more about the effects of another serious health crisis over the past year – the opioid epidemic. Tragically, more people died from drug overdose in New York City in the first half of 2020 than ever before, according to new data from the city health department. Fentanyl is driving record overdose deaths and New Yorkers who use drugs are far more likely to encounter fentanyl.
Over 44 Pounds of Suspected Fentanyl, Heroin and Cocaine Seized in Ozone Park, Queens: Three arrested
Loaded AK-47 semiautomatic rifle and .380 caliber pistol also recovered
Over 30 Pounds of Suspected Heroin and Hundreds of Fentanyl Pills Seized at Bronx Packaging Mill: Five Arrested
Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Ray Donovan, Special Agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea and State Police Acting Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen announced the arrests of five individuals and the seizure of approximately $2 million worth of suspected heroin and
fentanyl pills following an investigation into a large-scale narcotics organization operating in the Bronx.