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Major fentanyl bust in Downtown Brooklyn

Published On: 04-26-2017 in Category: Drug Abuse, drug addiction, heroin

Law enforcement authorities in Brooklyn recently arrested more than 30 people for their alleged involvement in trafficking “White China,” a deadly form of heroin, from Asia into New York for the last 10 months.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said that 49-year-old Nigel Maloney of Phoenix dispatched more than $600,000 worth of cocaine and furanyl fentanyl with a fifty-fold higher potency than heroin via mail to Warren Appolon based in Jamaica, an urban middle-class neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. Later, Appolon sold the consignment from his residence to Jerome Horton, a 47-year-old Brooklyn distributor.

In a press conference, acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said that neighborhoods in New York are being flooded with lethal and dangerous varieties of heroin, fentanyl and other synthetic drugs. Expressing concern over the widening crisis levels, Gonzalez said that as per the estimates projected by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), heroin and other opioid-related overdoses have claimed 1,350 lives in the city last year.

Bob Boyce, chief of NYPD, expressed shock over the spike in furanyl fentanyl overdose cases in the city. He said that the drug is 50 times deadlier than heroin sold on the streets for about $7 for a small transparent pouch. Unfortunately, furanyl fentanyl doesn’t feature in the list of controlled substances under the New York State Law, though the federal law states otherwise. The 30-plus individuals arrested in this recent fentanyl smuggling racket could face felony charges of sale/possession of a controlled substance, and could be sentenced for about 20 years in prison.

Physical monitoring, video surveillance footage and wiretaps have helped investigating officers conduct a successful bust and nab the culprits. According to NYPD officials, most of the drug dealers involved in the ring hailed from neighborhoods including East New York, Brownsville, Canarsie, Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg and the East Village with ties to the Bloods, an exclusively African-American street gang.

New York is haven for drug traffickers

Drug trafficking is rampant across many neighborhoods in New York City. People living in these areas are pretty much aware of the presence of traffickers and their modus operandi. Drug dealers and criminal gangs have, in fact, spread their operations all over the city. Right from the apartments in the high rises of Washington Heights, in the borough of Manhattan to the dark and dingy alleyways in a Staten Island housing project, drugs and drug dealers are everywhere, plying their business brazenly with almost no fear of the law.

Though, on the surface, New York may seem to be the most happening and exciting city of America with 19 million New Yorkers calling the metropolitan area home. On the flip side, not visible to many, exists an intricate network of drug trafficking organizations from every possible ethnicity in the world flooding the city with harmful and illicit substances. Once the drug consignments enter the city, gangs such as Dominicans Don’t Play, Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Mara Salvatrucha and Netas manage most of the distribution at the streets.

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