Thirty-four suspects of a narcotics ring were charged with a 357-count indictment for criminal sale of a controlled substance, conspiracy and other crimes in a widespread drug trafficking ring that recovered a total of 2.455 kilograms of cocaine, 1.704 kilograms of heroin, 4.581 kilograms of furanyl fentanyl and 17 operable firearms were seized, announced Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Wednesday.
The narcotics operation took place between June 2016 and March 2017, “a sprawling narcotics ring that operated from Brooklyn across the city, the state and the country,” including New York City, Upstate New York and Phoenix, said Gonzalez.
The drugs, which were allegedly mailed from Phoenix to Queens and then further supplied to a Brooklyn-based distribution operation, were stored under floor boards, in storage rooms and in vehicles equipped with elaborate hiding spaces, so-called “traps.”
Typically, the sales were completed during hand-to-hand transactions in vehicles, in buildings or on the street, throughout New York City, according to the D.A.’s office. Furanyl fentanyl, a relatively new and highly potent opiate, was the biggest seller. Often cheaper than heroin, the drug currently is not yet classified as a controlled substance under New York State law.
“Those who push these deadly poisons on our streets, concerned only with their own lucrative profits, devastate the communities where they operate and feed the disease of addiction, which ultimately touches all of us,” Gonzales said.
“Drug analogs, like the furanyl fentanyl in this case, highlight a dangerous gap in our narcotics laws that we will work to address with our partners in Albany.”