25 indicted in drug ring that stretched from Mexico to NY

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced indictments against 25 people Friday in a drug-smuggling ring that stretched from Mexico to New York.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced indictments against 25 people in a drug-smuggling ring that stretched from Arizona to New York.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced indictments against 25 people in a drug-smuggling ring that stretched from Arizona to New York. (9/23/16)

NEW YORK - State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced indictments against 25 people Friday in a drug-smuggling ring that stretched from Mexico to New York. 

The alleged drug-smuggling bust was dubbed "Operation Dirty Dope," and officials say they took more than 33 kilos of heroin and two kilos of fentanyl off the streets. They say those drugs total a value of around $13 million.

Schneiderman says there were "highly sophisticated compartments" to hide items in many of the cars that traveled from Arizona to the Bronx. He says it took experts two hours to open one such compartment. 

Investigators say they used confidential wiretaps and surveillance. They say the defendants were heard discussing plans to mix chemicals such as Novocain and roach killer into the heroin to add value. 

Of the 25 indicted, eight have been charged as major traffickers. Those eight could face life in prison if convicted. 

The other 17 alleged smugglers face up to 25 years behind bars

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Con Edison has offered a few tips you 1 Con Ed offers storm safety tips
Police have made an arrest in connection with 2 Police arrest man accused of hiding body parts at Hunts Point waste station
Brooklyn residents flocked to stores on Sunday to 3 Brooklyn residents prep for nor'easter
Windswept rain moved through the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood 4 High wind gusts, rain hit Sheepshead Bay
Police say the pedestrian was hit about 6 5 Driver charged after teen hit by SUV

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE