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109th finds $2M in heroin

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Officers from the 109th Precinct made a massive heroin bust last week in Whitestone, recovering nearly 12 pounds of the uncut product that would fetch an estimated $2 million on the street, police said.

On Friday, officers from the precinct’s Day Tour Anti-Crime Team responded to a 911 call of a suspicious man near the corner of 17th Avenue and Clintonville Street, which is between two neighborhood schools: St. Luke School, where children from pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade attend classes, and JHS 194, which houses Grades 6 through 8.

When the city’s Finest arrived on the scene, they stopped the man in question and found a small bag of heroin in his possession, according to a police source.

The officers then brought in a drug-sniffing dog, which got what officers call a “hit” on the man’s vehicle, prompting the 109th to obtain a search warrant for the car, police said.

After executing the warrant, the officers recovered several bricks of uncut heroin from the car weighing 11.75 pounds, or 5.3 kilograms, police said.

Uncut heroin is pure, according to another police source who has since retired from the NYPD, and it is not what is sold on the streets.

Instead, drug dealers dilute the product with other substances — brown sugar is a common way to cut heroin — in order to increase the amount of product they have stockpiled, but also to keep their customers addicted to the drug, the police source said.

The amount of heroin recovered from the streets of Whitestone last week is worth between $250,000 to $300,000 in its raw form, but when cut and repackaged for street sale would be worth $2 million, according to police.

Heroin use in more suburban communities is on the rise, according to Dr. Theodore Cicero, of Washington University in Missouri, due to a crackdown in prescription painkiller abuse.

In the years leading up to 2010, communities not typically associated with heroin use were the site of increasing abuse of prescriptive painkillers like Oxycodone, which contain opiates similar to those found in heroin, Cicero said in a survey published over the summer in the New England Journal of Medicine.

After drug companies started making the pills harder to abuse, many of the same addicts turned to heroin as a cheaper and more readily-available alternative.

In September, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency busted a heroin mill in the basement of a Richmond Hill home that contained $20 million worth of the drug.

All the heroin consumed in the United States comes from one of three sources: Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia and Latin America, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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Mike from Whitestone says:
I am shocked that the bungling idiot cops from the 109th mad any kind of bust. When you call them to tell them of suspicious people doing drugs in cars, or havimng sex in cars, it usually takes them an hour to respond and by then the people are gone. They're a joke. Thye just got lucky this time.
Nov. 9, 2012, 9:17 am
Jenny from the block from Flushing says:
Who was it
Nov. 11, 2012, 2:53 pm
Jenny from the block from Flushing says:
Who was it ? Name please
Nov. 11, 2012, 2:53 pm
Mike from Whitestone says:
I agree with mike.109 is a joke.
Nov. 12, 2012, 9:53 am
john from whitestone says:
Mike, spell check please. Your a disgrace.
Nov. 13, 2012, 4:49 pm
Mike says:
So mike from Whitestone agrees with mike from Whitestone.

I do agree with their assessment of the 109 pct
Nov. 13, 2012, 6:11 pm
Cathy from Whitestone says:
Anyone caught dealing or buying Heroin should have their picture and names plastered all over the papers!!! They're animals and should be portrayed as ones. I agree. 109th is lazy but lets give credit to these officers.
Nov. 14, 2012, 12:37 pm
Lisa from whitestone says:
This problem has been made aware to the 109 and they say they dont have enough men to patrol. Its not a priority. Our children that go to these school are a PRIORITY! You're right when they do respond its tooooo late. Both schools have complained numerous times. About time someone listened.
Nov. 15, 2012, 10:39 pm
grammar police from whitestone says:
John,

YOU'RE a disgrace. If you're gonna —— at people for spelling —— incorrectly make sure you aren't doing the same thing YOU'RE complaining about. YOUR grammar is lacking.
Nov. 16, 2012, 1:47 pm
Brian from Whitestone says:
Great job !!! BUT.. Show the name and general info , give us some pictures of the suspect and car and get leads to the others involved. Something else is going on here. Lets get to the bottom of this, before patting on the back begins.
Nov. 19, 2012, 8:51 am
Cathy from Whitestone says:
Bravo Brian...
Like I said, put their name and "mugshot" in the paper. You're right. There's alot more behind the scene here. Something else is going on here. Is it me or are all the young kids and 20 y.o. look like walking zombies all doped out in the neighborhood. Lets get out the bullhorns and get heroin out of our neighborhood.
Nov. 26, 2012, 2:50 pm
Lou from college point says:
A name should be printed along with that bust instead of hush hush it should be well known whats going on in north queens so our children get educated of the the garbage that is selling the poison !! Right next to schools and no follow up report ??? Doesnt make sence to me something is being quiet about it
Feb. 20, 2013, 11:51 am
Lou from college point says:
A name should be printed along with that bust instead of hush hush it should be well known whats going on in north queens so our children get educated of the the garbage that is selling the poison !! Right next to schools and no follow up report ??? Doesnt make sence to me something is being quiet about it
Feb. 20, 2013, 11:51 am
chochccccc from LAZY TOWN says:
wow
April 21, 8:19 pm

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