DEA made a spectacular catch in the University Heights section of Bronx, NY, discovering a well-organized heroin mill that was operating on industrial capacity and bring in huge profits.
Nine people (19 to 48 years old) were arrested and around 140 pounds of heroin was seized when DEA stumbled into the local center for heroin distribution in Bronx. The drugs were pre-packaged for sale, with more than one million doses in color-coded plastic envelopes ready to be shipped out to the streets at the time of the bust. Most surprisingly, the gang was so little concerned with law enforcement that it branded the envelopes with mainstream-sounding names such as Sweet Dreams or Red Bull to make them recognizable. According to the officers present at the scene, the operation was one of the most sophisticated they have ever seen and probably served a large urban area.
The bust started when DEA agents spotted two suspects leaving the premises they were surveying while carrying bags loaded with $50.000 in cash. These individuals were detained, and officers approached the residence with the intention to search it when a number of suspects started rushing out through a back entrance. Inside the three-story building, they found a huge heroin packaging plant that was active at the time of the bust, with a huge amount of drugs worth up to $ 15 million already prepared for street-level distribution. Some of the people detained during the raid are well-known to the police, having been arrested for similar activities recently.
When you consider the scope of the heroin packaging operation and the bold marketing approach, all signs are pointing towards a top-tier criminal organization with a well-established business model. DEA is describing the bust as a key victory that will reduce the availability of heroin in the New York area, although such claims may be overstated. There is always another group ready to step in and take over, since the demand for heroin remains strong in Bronx and the surrounding areas.
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