Over $1M of heroin named 'coronavirus', 'Black Mamba' seized in the Bronx

Kimberly Dole
May 08, 2020 - 4:41 pm
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Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A long-term investigation led to police seizing over $1 million worth of heroin and the arrest of six people in the Bronx on Thursday night. 

The DEA seized 120,000 glassine envelopes of suspected heroin/fentanyl with a street value of more than $1 million and drug packaging materials a packaging mill located at 2333 Loring Place North.

Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York
Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York

At approximately 7 p.m. on May 7, agents and investigators observed Manuel Morillo exiting the suspected drug mill carrying a heavy brown bag into a waiting livery car. 

Surveillance units followed the cab and the driver of the livery car was later identified as Frank Gilberto Marte Urena and a search of the brown bag yielded approximately 80,000 glassines of suspected heroin/fentanyl. 

Some of the envelopes were stamped "coronavirus," while others were stamped "Black Mamba" after Kobe Bryant, police said.

Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York
Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York


"Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we arrested six drug traffickers who aptly branded their product 'coronavirus,'" DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan said. "Traffickers market their drugs like businesses, branding their product with stamps to attract users."

Agents also recovered $25,000 cash from two bedrooms of the apartment.

The drugs were believed to have been destined for New York City and New Jersey.

Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York
Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York


The "coronavirus" biohazard stamp and "24 Black Mamba" stamp are associated with multiple fatal overdoses in New Jersey. However, these deaths have not been linked to the packaging mill dismantled in this case.

 Officials arrested and charged the following suspects: 

  • Dariel Fermin 31, charges include Operating as a Major Trafficker, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia
  • Manuel Morillo, 54, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia
  • Frank Marte Urena, 30 charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Cindy Cortoreal, 35 charges include Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia
  • Yamilka Fermin, 34, charges include Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia
  • Ana Lora Diaz, 24, charges include Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia