A record-breaking 150 pounds of heroin, worth about $50 million, was seized in New York City this week. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, the massive bust was the largest in the state’s history and the fourth largest in the entire country.
“To put it in perspective, this load was so large it carried the potential of supplying a dose of heroin to every man, woman and child in New York City,” Brennan said in a statement. “While this important seizure stopped a huge amount of heroin from flooding our city, it also highlights the critical need to intercept heroin before it ever reaches our region.”
The heroin, which came from Mexico, was hidden in secret compartments of a Chevy Suburban. $2 million in cash and at least one firearm were also recovered.
Authorities believe shipments of similar sizes have been smuggled from Mexican suppliers into the city on a monthly basis, and have been the primary source of heroin for the entire city, as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Jose Mercedes and Yenci Cruz Francisco were arrested and being held without bail.