Twenty defendants are charged with operating a massive drug ring after law enforcement swooped down on their homes this week.
The Manhattan D.A.'s office said that 14 guns, 14 kilograms of heroin, a gallon of liquefied PCP and more than $100,000 in cash was confiscated when law enforcement swooped down to make arrests on Wednesday.
Wayne "Bump" Green allegedly led the drug ring since September 2014 with help from Ruben "Whitey" Gonzalez. The two provided a heroin delivery service in Manhattan and the Bronx, prosecutors say.
Six delivery drivers are charged, and four buyers are charged with purchasing large quantities of heroin to redistribute to lower level sellers, according to the Manhattan D.A.'s office. The drugs were allegedly stored at a location in the Bronx by the defendant Amado Vega Jr. One defendant, Christopher Morris, was allegedly in charge of testing and maintaing the quality of the heroin.
As of September 2015, in what prosecutors call a "second conspiracy," Bump, Whitey and Vega Jr. expanded their business to PCP.
“With more than one fatal opioid overdose each day, New York City’s heroin crisis is on the rise and reaching epidemic proportions," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement. "Heroin addictions destroys lives, families and entire neighborhoods, and we will not tolerate those who would profit off that destruction.”