NYC authorities seize 30 pounds of heroin and fentanyl at Bronx apartments

Stephen Rex Brown, New York Daily News

Two apartments in a West Bronx building were converted into a major drug distribution center, prosecutors charged Thursday, announcing the seizure of 30 pounds of heroin and fentanyl worth $2 million.

Authorities who raided the apartments on Valentine Ave. near E. Burnside Ave. recovered about 11 kilos of heroin, more than 100,000 filled glassine envelopes of heroin, 500 blue fentanyl pills and $60,000 cash, the special narcotics prosecutor said in a release.

The envelopes were branded with names like “Exit 3,” “Versace,” “American Gangster” and “Mortal Kombat.”

Authorities also seized drug packaging materials, garbage bags full of glassine envelopes, a “drug ledger” and multiple cellphones, prosecutors said.

“This organization had the capability and reach to supply heroin and fentanyl throughout the five boroughs and Northeast,” said New York City DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan.

Five people — Yeuris Arias, Nolan Reynoso, Isabel Villar, Raymon Tavarez Urena and Yuly Arias — were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and other counts.

Authorities conducted “video and physical surveillance” of the suspected heroin packaging mill before the bust.

“As overdose deaths escalate, seizing the dangerous heroin and fentanyl before it ever hits the streets has never been more critical,” said city prosecutor Bridget Brennan.