Authorities in Queens, New York, USA have seized drugs worth $12 million dollars.
The police were reportedly engaged in an extensive drug bust in Queens, New York, which resulted in seizing an estimated drugs worth $12 million.
As it was later revealed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), around 86 pounds of heroin and 1,000 pills of fentanyl were seized.
Luis Martinez is the man that is currently being accused for the drugs.
He was reportedly running a narcotics packaging mil from his apartment.
He is facing charges of operating as a major drug trafficker, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and third degrees, and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree.
In addition to Martinez, 3 women, who are employed by him, are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia.
The 4 individuals were arrested by the police on Monday after Martinez left the place with around $200,000 in cash.
It was inside a backpack that he was carrying.
Ray Donovan, a DEA Special Agent in Charge of the case, released a statement about the incident, where they said:
Monday evening, we dismantled a highly sophisticated heroin mill in the heart of queens. This drug den contained nearly $12 million dollars’ worth of narcotics and was like an opioid landmine capable of dispersing hundreds of thousands of heroin doses throughout Northeast. I applaud our law enforcement partners on their quick and thorough investigation.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan released a statement about the incident, saying:
The shuttering of an assembly line able to pump out millions of street-ready heroin packages and deadly counterfeit fentanyl pills will save lives across New York City and our entire region. The volume of lethal drugs flooding our city is causing a record number of overdose deaths. This investigation succeeded because of the expertise and cooperation of our federal and local partners.
Countless lives were saved by the drug bust.