The heroin mill next door: NYC dealers blend in

AP News
Posted: Feb 08, 2014 10:05 AM
The heroin mill next door: NYC dealers blend in

NEW YORK (AP) — A little-noticed drug bust a week before actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent heroin overdose shed more light on the well-oiled distribution network for the drug.

Authorities say the network packages heroin supplied by Mexican cartels at mills run by Dominican immigrants and hidden in safe neighborhoods in New York City and the suburbs. Workers churn countless single-dose packets for a thriving market that includes mainstream customers like Hoffman.

Dealers and users often connect on social media sites. Phone numbers are exchanged and meeting spots are arranged through texting.

How Hoffman got his drugs remains uncertain. But evidence suggests he may have visited an unassuming lower Manhattan apartment building where a supplier lived.