By Andrea Leonhardt

March 30, 2017, 3:22 pm

 
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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.”


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Andrea is the managing editor of the Brooklyn Reader. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and furthered her education with graduate studies in Journalism prior to joining the BK Reader. A proud cat lady of one, Andrea seeks to fight the good fight with a pen and a piece of paper, with the humble hope to add something to the places she goes and the people she encounters - all around central Brooklyn and beyond.

Andrea is the managing editor of the Brooklyn Reader. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and furthered her education with graduate studies in Journalism prior to joining the BK Reader. A proud cat lady of one, Andrea seeks to fight the good fight with a pen and a piece of paper, with the humble hope to add something to the places she goes and the people she encounters - all around central Brooklyn and beyond.

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