Authorities make record $50M heroin bust in the Bronx

Sacks of money, right, worth $2 million, and 154 pounds of heroin, left, worth at least $50 million, are displayed at a Drug Enforcement Administration news conference, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in New York.
Mark Lennihan | AP

Authorities made a record drug bust in the Bronx, seizing 70 kilograms of heroin that could fetch a street value of around $50 million. It was the largest heroin seizure by the Drug Enforcement Administration in the state of New York on record, and the fourth largest in the country, according to law enforcement officials. (Tweet This)

DEA agents and New York Police Department detectives arrested two individuals at the apartment in the Fieldston section of the Bronx and seized $2 million in cash.

The two individuals arrested in connection to the bust face state narcotics charges.

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Over 70 Kilograms of Heroin, $2 Million cash and firearm recovered in the Fieldston section of the Bronx on Tuesday May 19, 2015.
Source: DEA

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and Briget Brennan, New York City's special narcotics prosecutor, held a news conference Tuesday to announce the arrest of four members of a narcotics trafficking network.

"The $50 million street value of the heroin in this case is a conservative estimate," Brennan said. "To put it in perspective, this load was so large it carried the potential of supplying does of heroin to every man, woman, and child in New York City."

The record heroin seizure was a result of a yearlong investigation by the DEA's New York Drug Enforcement Task Force and NYPD detectives.

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Officials say a court authorized wiretap tipped authorities off to monthly shipments the drug network was set to receive from Mexican suppliers based in an area controlled the Sinaloa cartel.

The 70 kilograms of heroin had been planned to be distributed throughout New York's five boroughs as well as the Northeast. Officials say the record seizure proves New York remains a favored target for drug traffickers.