The Drug Enforcement Administration announced a massive heroin bust in NYC. The bust took place in the Bronx in a very upscale neighborhood apartment. Over 70 kilograms of heroin, $2 million cash and a firearm were seized from a Chevy Suburban behind the apartment building in the Fieldstone section of the Bronx. The DEA has been watching the suspects for quite some time. The DEA were watching as one of the suspects picked up the drugs from an industrial lot in Montville, NJ and brought the heroin back to the stash house in Fieldstone.
“This was not a distribution organization, this was a major heroin importation organization,” said NYC’s Special Narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan. To put the size of this bust into perspective, which had a street value of over $50 million, it could provide one dose for every man, woman and child in New York City. It is the largest ever DEA heroin seizure to date in the state of New York and the fourth largest in American history.
“Six-hundred million dollars worth of drugs coming into New York, being sold on the street, and in essence, that amount of money is just bottoming right out of our economy,” Brennan said. “Drug organizations throughout New York City and in the surrounding area will be scrambling to find heroin for quite some time.”
The DEA arrested Jose Mercedes and Yenci Cruz Francisco, both of the Bronx, in connection with the seizure. According to the DEA, Mercedes, the alleged ring leader has ties to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. Earlier this spring, cartel members allegedly traveled to the Bronx to oversee deliver and took time to do some sightseeing in Times Square. It is estimated that the organization was receiving shipments of this size at least once a month.
This will cause a massive blow to the amount of heroin in the area and was an outstanding job by all law enforcement involved. Busts of this size will save countless amounts of lives and will cause addicts to scramble for dope. This particular drug organization is said to be the main distributors of all five boroughs of NYC as well as Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Although this is a massive bust and it stopped 70 kilos from hitting the streets, drug abuse will carry on. It's just a matter of time until another drug organization steps in to fulfill the demand. Hopefully the DEA and police agencies will remain vigilant in removing these deadly drugs from our streets.