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Dominicans running New York heroin

Special agent James J. Hunt, in charge of the New York Anti drug Agency (DEA), has said that New York is the major hub of heroin in the country.

In an interview with El Pais, the leading Spanish newspaper, he said that the mafia had lost control of the heroin business and that it was now being run by Colombians and Dominicans, who together had taken the business away from the Italian families. He explained, 40 years ago, heroin came from Europe, Sicily or Turkey and the mafia sold it to the African-Americans for resale. The mafia lost the business when the Colombians started to produce heroin in the 80s and 90s, and the price of the drug fell by half.

In 15 years time most of the key dealers had died or were imprisoned, and the Colombians then took over. They originally thought of using Mexicans as dealers but as they tended not to be on the streets, they used Dominicans instead. They then give the drugs to gangs of Dominicans for resale on the streets.

He explained that the Dominicans were buying the heroin from the Mexicans for between US$60,000 and US$70,000 a kilo, but that there was no real hierarchy and that the Dominicans were very fragmented.

He said that once they arrested three Dominican dealers in the Bronx, and confiscated four million dollars in cash and three kilos of heroin. The money was supposed to go to Mexico to be exchanged for heroin. He also said that in New York now they were intercepting ten times more heroin that 7 or 8 years ago.

Source: DR1, Elpais

Nov 16, 2017

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