NYC drug bust results in a dozen arrests

July 4, 2009 1:47:48 PM PDT
Authorities say they've arrested a dozen people and seized 33 pounds of heroin worth $30 million in a drug bust in the Bronx. The arrests late Friday afternoon were announced Saturday in a release by the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Administration along with city and state police.

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    The authorities say the arrests broke up a drug ring that each week sold hundreds of thousands of small bags of drugs.

    The drugs were stamped with such brand names as Barack Obama, Swine Flu and Crime 360. The drug ring also stuffed heroin-filled glassines inside "build-a-bear" toys to conceal the heroin for transportation.

    Authorities say $150,000 in cash was also seized in the drug raid.

    According to the release, the drugs were distributed in New Jersey and New York.

    The defendants are charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Conspiracy in the Second Degree, and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree.


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