A dangerous heroin and fentanyl pipeline has been broken up in Baltimore that has its roots in the Bronx.
The suspected supplier is a Parkchester man is the suspected supplier of the drug pipeline in addition to transporting the drugs from the Bronx to Maryland dealers.
After a two year, covert investigation, Maryland police conducted a raid, and indicted alleged heroin and fentanyl supplier Kereem Thompson of 1515 Metropolitan Avenue in Parkchester in addition to 18 others.
During the raid, police also recovered 1,075 grams of heroin, 66 grams of fentanyl, more than 200 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine.
They had recovered one handgun, three vehicles used in drug trafficking, several thousand dollars in drug-related cash and scales, gel caps and plastic bags used for drug sales.
Thompson is being charged with distribution of heroin, distribution of fentanyl, conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
He was apprehended previously for peddling lethal drugs during a traffic stop late last October.
According to Maryland State district attorney Marilyn J. Mosby “Thompson attempted to make a heroin and fentanyl delivery to (another suspect). Thompson’s vehicle was intercepted and authorities recovered 167 grams of Heroin/Fentanyl mixed and packaged into a white plastic bag. A separate plastic bag of 50 grams of Fentanyl was also found.”
It was only at the time of the raid that he had been connected to the pipeline.
Usually, fentanyl is produced in Chinese labs, shipped to Mexico and then smuggled into the United States.
It’s also fifty times more potent than heroin, it has correlated with a rising number of overdoses in Maryland and the Bronx.
Thompson’s involvement in the pipeline occurred at a time when fentanyl overdoses in Maryland had been skyrocketing.
Police are still uncertain of why Thompson had been supplying to Baltimore.
The drug pipeline was discovered through a police investigation of tips and overdoses in the Baltimore surrounding area.
Fentanyl and heroin dealing has plagued the Bronx.
Just over a month ago, Queens Narcotics Major Case Squad recovered close to $10 million worth of the highly addictive fentanyl, cloaked in packaged fish, from a car they were trailing, less than half a mile from Thompson’s apartment.
NYPD arrested Johnny De Los Santos Martinez after the drugs were found concealed in his 2017 white Acura MDX.
De Los Santos Martinez was under surveillance in an investigation into drug trafficking in New York City.
He faced two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Police would not confirm that the two had been working together at this time.