Over 50 pounds of heroin and fentanyl headed for the Bronx were intercepted by police on Wednesday, June 5.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark along with other law enforcement agents announced that 22 people have been indicted on charges related to distributing the lethal drugs in the borough.
The investigation began with a probe of drug dealing in the McKinley Houses, where accused Charlie Rodriguez of East 163rd Street allegedly headed a group that sold glassines of heroin with the stamp ‘PAID’ and glassine with fentanyl stamped ‘PRICELESS.’ One of the defendants, Jose Jaquez of Hammersley Avenue, allegedly transported drugs and cash throughout the Bronx in his NYC green taxicab. Rodriguez also allegedly distributed narcotics to resellers in Albany.
According to the 20-month investigation by the DA’s Office, NYPD Criminal Enterprise Investigative Section, Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations, dubbed ‘Operation Getting Paid,’ the defendants were part of two different groups that trafficked several kilograms of fentanyl and heroin monthly, and sold it in bulk to distributors in the Bronx, Philadelphia, Albany, and other cities in the northeast. The drugs wound up on the streets bags sold for $10.
Meanwhile the second indictment alleges the other group, headed by now deceased Kelvin De Leon and Carlos Miguel De Leon of Walton Avenue, distributed their narcotics from University Heights, Kingsbridge Heights and Concourse, and supplied Carlos Vazquez with heroin mixed with fentanyl. Vazquez lived in Wakefield and allegedly distributed much of his drugs close to the McKinley and Forest houses.