Great bust and all because of an unfortunate overdose that triggered the investigation. These four had over a million bags of heroin they’d produced in the drug mill. You have to wonder how it took so long to find these guys who had such a huge operation going.
Authorities raided a major heroin mill in The Bronx Thursday, nabbing four dopey-looking dealer suspects in sweaty T-shirts and seizing $5 million in drugs.
Orlando Rosario-Concepcion, 38, the accused ringleader, Jonathan Almonte, 29, Jean Carlos Rosario-Ortiz, 29, and Rodolofo Abreu-Cristolomo, 31, were arrested inside a very steamy apartment at 238 W. 238th St. near Van Cortlandt Park.
When authorities burst into the Bronx mill, two of the defendants jumped out a window onto the fire escape in a failed attempt to flee, prosecutors said.
The sloppy quartet, dressed for bed, were arraigned Friday in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of possession of a controlled substance and using drug paraphernalia.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Guy Mitchell remanded Rosario-Concepcion and Almonte and set $300,000 bail for Abreu-Cristolomo and $100,000 bail for Rosario-Ortiz. “Sadly, an untimely death from a heroin overdose triggered this investigation, but as a result our collaborative efforts prevented more than a million bags of heroin from hitting the streets,” said Special Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan whose office is prosecuting the case.
Concepcion’s drug-trafficking operation, based out of the Bronx mill and another location in Washington Heights, supplied dealers locally, Upstate and on Long Island, court papers show.
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