Three men were indicted today on drug trafficking charges after investigators New York State Police Special Investigations Unit traced a drug trail from a handoff in the Bronx on April 9, to a stash house in Corona, Queens.
The investigation yielded approximately 10 pounds of heroin and nine pounds of crystal meth.
The meth is valued at about $960,000, and that amount of heroin could be sold for more than $1 million on the street.
New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said the drug trafficking ring "poured literally pounds of deadly, illicit drugs into the streets of Queens and beyond."
A search of the Queens stash house uncovered a ledger pertaining to "ice" transaction, $2,000 hidden inside a vent, and supplies for making meth, including masks, grinders, a kilo-press and a scale.
Investigators believe the meth originated from "megalabs" in Mexico. One of the types of heroin they found os known as "black tar" and apparently comes from Mexico as well.
According to State Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, the bust and seizure are "typical of a pattern" in narcotics investigations throughout the city.
Brennan believes that the presence of meth in the city is an indication that Mexican cartels are trying to "promote the use and addiction to crystal meth" here.
According to the Department of Health, emergency room visited related to meth more than doubled between 2004 and 2011, jumping from 214 to 576.