New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced that
members of the Department, working with federal law enforcement agencies, seized
50 kilos of heroin, $200,000 in cash and arrested 13 members of a drug ring in
the Bronx. Members of the New York City Police Department's Organized Crime
Investigation Division and Narcotics Division detectives on the multi-agency
Strike Force, working with the DEA, the IRS and the FBI, developed information
regarding a house located in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx. The
ensuing investigation identified the residence at 3166 Fenton Avenue as a
possible drug location. Agents and officers immediately began around-the-clock
On the afternoon of August 15, 2005, an individual identified as Rolando
Valentin drove up to 3166 Fenton Avenue in a Range Rover and parked the vehicle.
Valentin circled the block on foot looking at the people and the cars near the
house. He stopped in a food store and carried two bags of groceries to the
residence. After handing them off through the first-floor door, he returned to
the vehicle and took another long look around and removed a large duffel bag
from the Range Rover. He appeared to be very anxious as he made his way back to
the front door of the house, repeatedly looking over his shoulder and moving
Agents and officers approached Valentin in front of the house. When the
officers identified themselves, Valentin tossed the bag inside to an individual
who then slammed the door. Valentin denied any knowledge of the bag, the house
or any activities that occur inside. At this point, an individual came out of
the house and after briefly conferring with officers and agents, gave consent to
enter and search the premises. Our officers, along with the federal agents,
discovered a full-scale narcotics packaging and processing lab. Vast amount of
heroin, piles of cash and several guns sat out in plain view. It is believed
that the facility has been up and running for no more than four weeks.
Commissioner Kelly said: "Note that the scope and scale of this operation
were significant. 47 of the 50 of the heroin recovered were ready for
distribution to dealers further down the supply chain. Seizures like this one
make it easier for our police officers to keep New Yorkers safe and improve the
quality of life in the City."
Officers seized an estimated $200,000 in cash, 50 kilograms of heroin * 47
kilos of which was bricked and ready for transport * as well as, approximately
one pound of black tar heroin, and seven handguns. Four of the weapons were
stripped of their serial numbers. The street value of the narcotics is estimated
to be more than six million dollars.
Officers also recovered various packaging supplies, including 21 cases of
empty glassine envelopes, numerous coffee grinders which were used to cut and
mix the drugs, several waffle irons for treating the glassine envelope and
making them more pliable, rolls of tape and a large variety of stamps used to
"brand" the drugs. In all, this operation produced 61 different "brands" of
heroin with names such as HIV, Black Flag, Fully Loaded, Cancer, Heart Attack,
and Apple Martini.
The basement of the residence appeared to be the main work area with
immigrants from the Dominican Republic packaging the drugs around the clock. The
windows were covered with cardboard and the packagers were not allowed to leave
the premises. When officers entered the basement one female suspect attempted to
elude capture by hiding in a clothes dryer. She was discovered and apprehended.
This investigation is ongoing.