James Hunt of the Drug Enforcement Administration and David Chong, Commissioner of the White Plains Dept. of Public Security, on the heroin epidemic that’s plaguing the Decrease Hudson area.
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A sleepy Yonkers neighborhood become the hub of a world drug-trafficking investigation after authorities found an enormous heroin and cocaine mill.
The alleged stash home was hidden amongst rows of quaint Sweetfield Circle houses close to Tibbetts Brook Park, and a random grievance to police stored the lethal mixture of narcotics from fueling the drug disaster.
Authorities discovered thirteen kilos of cocaine, almost 19,000 glassine envelopes of heroin and 813 tablets possible made illicitly to promote as oxycodone, courtroom data present.
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The bust seemingly fit the mold of large-scale trafficking operations linked to Mexican cartels smuggling record amounts of drugs into the U.S., explained New York Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Agent in Charge James Hunt.
Hunt answered questions from The Journal News/lohud about the dangers of having high-level drug dealers burrowing into New York City suburbs, and how one neighborhood apparently helped run them out. The conversation is edited for space and clarity.
DAVID ROBINSON: What risks do neighbors face from drug mills?
JAMES HUNT: A lot of these traffickers are cutting the heroin with fentanyl (the synthetic opioid up to 50 times more powerful than heroin). It poses a risk to neighbors and the people packaging it … because even if just a little bit of it gets on your skin or in the air it’s dangerous.
You’re dealing with poison. Just like dealing with any kind of poison — like arsenic, for example — and a little amount of it could kill.
(Police uncovered the drug mill at 105 Sweetfield Circle after seeing two men wearing surgical masks typical of heroin and cocaine packagers at the house, court records show.)
DR: What about drug-related violence?
JH: Bad guys fear other traffickers as much as they fear the police. There are crews trolling the city to rob other drug dealers. And if a stash location is in a suburban place and it’s worth several million dollars, other guys will do just about anything to get to the money and drugs.
We’ve seen where robbery crews target a house and get the wrong place, and they go in and torture them.
DR: That’s a nightmare scenario. What can people do to limit the risk?
JH: If something or someone moves into the neighborhood and you think it’s odd, like they’re not spending a lot of time in the neighborhood…