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Heroin overdose in Manor leads to $5 million bust in NYC


May 29, 2015

Police officials on May 28 arrested five people in New York City involved in a drug ring operation that stretched from Long Island to Livingston Manor. Officials seized $5 million worth of heroin (over 26 pounds) and $115,000 in cash and two guns.

The operation was sparked by an overdose death in Livingston Manor two years ago, which prompted Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff to track down the dealer with the help of multiple agencies and officials.

At the outset of the investigation, members of the Drug Enforcement Agency's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force (OCDESF) of the NY OCDESF, Group Z-41, and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office pursued leads connected to the overdose death. Sullivan County has faced a stark reality for over 24 months, as have communities across much of the state. Heroin overdoses have been on the rise, with burglaries and related crimes becoming the common scourge of small rural hamlets and villages. Rather than put a band aid on the heroin problem by making a few quick arrests in Sullivan County, Schiff decided to help tackle the problem at its source, which was the Bronx and Washington Heights.

The investigation ultimately led to the identification of a wholesale drug organization. The drug group supplied local dealers in New York City and Upstate New York counties, including Westchester, Orange, Sullivan and Albany, as well as Long Island.

Working together, NY OCDESF, Group Z-41, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Heroin Interdiction Unit (HIT) and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office tracked the heroin supply chain from distributors of glassine bags of heroin Upstate to the group in the Bronx and Washington Heights headed by ROSARIO CONCEPCION, which was holding $5 million in heroin yesterday at the time of the drug raids.

Agents and investigators identified active heroin mill locations, including the mill at 238 West 238th St., Apt. 25 in the Bronx, which churned out tens of thousands of individual dose glassine envelopes at a time. The location of the mill is just off Van Cortlandt Park, 13 blocks south of the sight of the record-breaking 70 kilogram heroin seizure on May 12. It is also within blocks of Manhattan College and the Fieldston School.
The investigation also led agents and investigators to multiple stash locations controlled by the organization, including the residence of ABREU CRISTOMO at 20 Laurel Hill Terrace, Apt. 3K, in Manhattan.