Bronx Bust Nabs $30M in Heroin
New York authorities seized $30 million worth of heroin in a drug bust coordinated across city lines, encompassing both the Bronx and Yonkers, NY. James J. Hunt, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division, said of the bust,
This massive load of heroin was destined for NYC streets and is a reminder that heroin trafficking organizations are targeting NYC for retail distribution and transshipments throughout the Eastern Seaboard.
144 Pounds of Heroin Found
Authorities became suspicious of two men, Ramon Rivas and Jose Rodriguez, as they were sitting in a parked Jeep Cherokee on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx. The investigators briefly questioned the two men and proceeded to search the Jeep where they quickly discovered 22 bricks of one of the most highly addictive and dangerous street drugs, powdered heroin. The drugs weighed close to 48 pounds and were stowed in a compartment in the rear area of the vehicle.
Their initial findings prompted the investigators to move the search to Rivas’ Bronx home. It was there that they found 44 pounds of heroin in a hidden compartment in a wall, 13 pounds in a concealed compartment in the floor of the closet along with $50,000 in cash hidden among the drugs. The search ended, but not before yielding a final 9 pounds of heroin being located in a Public Storage unit in Yonkers that is said to have belonged to Rodriguez.
Judge Robert Kalish arraigned Rivas and Rodriquez in Manhattan Criminal Court on Sunday. The pair are facing charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Interestingly, both men chose to plead not guilty, which we’re sure went over well with the judge.
Heroin in New York
New York City’s heroin surge is takes its toll on those young and old. According to Hunt,
We’ve never seen these numbers, not even in the heroin epidemics of 30 to 40 years ago.
The statistics support Hunt: heroin related deaths far exceeded the number of murders in 2013 and 2014 as data from 2015 is expected to continue the upward trend. There have already been over 608 pounds of heroin siezed this year, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and would have supplied countless users with the deadly drug.
The importance of Saturday’s bust was not lost on New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, who has been very vocal about his fears:
“Heroin is making a big-time comeback.”
This seizure prevented a staggering amount of heroin from flooding our neighborhoods with this highly addictive narcotic. I commend our NYPD investigators and law enforcement partners for their ongoing efforts to stop the distribution of this deadly drug,” he said of the bust.
Drug Testing Options
Health Street has drug testing locations throughout the state of New York.
The following are some of the many drug testing panels that can detect heroin: