THE BRONX -- Just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend, there will be one million less doses of heroin available on the streets.
Drug Enforcement agents seized more than a million glassine envelopes filled with heroin from a private home at 2115 Harrison Ave. in the Bronx Thursday afternoon.
The office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridget Brennan, believes it’s the largest heroin mill that’s been taken down in recent memory.
The DEA said the million doses were minutes away from being shipped out to the streets of New York and other cities in the tri-state area.
To put some context on this: Young people who develop a serious addiction typically smoke, snort or inject 8-10 packs of heroin a day.
At this one Bronx location — police found more than a million packs of the insidious drug, ready for sale.
The take-down happened at 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
That’s when agents from the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force T-21 team observed two men exit the private home on Harrison Avenue, carrying two, heavily weighted bags.
One was a black gym bag and the other was a white plastic bag.
When agents stopped the men, they found $50,000 worth of cash inside the bags, wrapped in bundles in a manner consistent with narcotics trafficking proceeds.
When agents went to the rear of the house, they saw several men running and trying to climb over a fence.
They detained and arrested Carlos Cabrera, Cesar Cabreja, and Antonio Jiminez.
When members of T-21 entered the back of the house, they saw evidence of an especially large, drug-packaging operation.
This is known as a heroin mill.
When they secured a search warrant, agents found the fully-functioning mill was located in the basement of the house.
More than a million individual doses of heroin, packaged in glassine envelopes, were discovered, along with $300,000 in cash.
Agents also found grinders used to process the heroin, face masks, and packaging materials.
Stamps are typically used to “brand” the heroin product, and the ones seized here had names like Red Bull, Priority Mail, 9 Plus, Speed Limit, ATM, and Sweet Dreams.
Agents also discovered three people hiding in different parts of the 3-bedroom house.
The Drug Enforcement Administration estimated the black market value of the heroin was close to $15 million dollars.
The photos sent by the office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor show how some of the heroin glassine was already bundled into rectangular packages that were color-coded and wrapped in plastic, according to brand name, and ready for delivery on the street.
This is the poison that so many of our young people are buying—in a national crisis that’s now killing more youth than car crashes.
Just this week, PIX11 brought you the “back story” of a Pennsylvania gun dealer who was arrested with loaded weapons at the Holland Tunnel.
The suspect, John Cramsey, said he was going to rescue a teen who was stuck in a heroin den in Brooklyn.
The teen’s friend—from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania—had fatally overdosed on a bed, right beside her.
It turned out that Cramsey’s 20-year-old daughter had fatally overdosed exactly four months before his arrest.
James J. Hunt—Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New York—noted of the Bronx busts, “Agents and officers estimate that in another 20 minutes, the heroin would have been shipped out the door to be sold on the streets of New York and tri-state areas.”
Bridget Brennan, New York’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, observed, “The volume of heroin packaged for sale in the three-bedroom house in the Bronx is staggering….This was a highly organized operation, equipped with desk lamps, boxes, the rows and rows of glassines….These traffickers adopted mainstream marketing ploys and operated with little fear of interference. I congratulate our investigators and the members of the Drug Enforcement Tash Force for cutting off the heroin supply coming from this location.”