Agents seize $5 million worth of heroin, including El Chapo brand: authorities

Andrew Weber
July 19, 2019 - 2:01 pm
Heroin bust

Juliet Papa


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Federal and state agents seized $5 million worth of suspected heroin headed for New York City and the northeast this week, included some bearing an "El Chapo" stamp.

Prosecutors and police announced the interception of 3 kilograms of what is believed to be heroin and 250,000 individually packaged glassine envelopes designed for distribution.

“Today’s charges demonstrate that the investigative efforts of New York City law enforcement are far-reaching, precisely-focused, and patient. As long as individuals are involved in illegal narcotics trafficking, the NYPD and our partners will relentlessly work to stop the threat to public safety," said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.  "I commend and thank the NYPD detectives involved in this investigation as well as our colleagues at the Drug Enforcement Administration, New York State Police, Bronx District Attorney’s Office and the city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor.”

The New York Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, working together, spotted a man placing a large weighted shopping bag inside a Toyota Corolla in the Bronx on the evening of July 16.

After stopping the vehicle, the agents saw the package, and found it contained 70,000 individually packaged glassine bags with white power inside.

The next day, July 17, picked up 17,000 glassines in another car and then executed a search warrent of 3039 Wallace Avenue, where they found 3 kilograms of heroin as well as 170,000 glassines and heroin packaging materials.

The envelopes were on tables, the floor and in bags.

Most of the glassines were ready for delivery, packed and stamped with a brand name for the street.

“Evident in the various stamps used to brand their heroin, this organization catered to numerous dealers in New York City and the Northeast,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan. "‘Hello kitty’, ‘Rolex’ and ‘NBA’ are just three popular brands used by the organization to stamp their product and lure users throughout New York City. Other stamps included an all too timely ‘El Chapo’ stamp, and a stamp bearing ‘Exit 4’, both of which were found in the heroin mill."

The DEA suspects the black market value of the seized drugs to be $5 million and a lab analysis of the substance is underway.

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