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Default 'Mad scientist' (Hispanic) drug dealers cooked up massive pill operation

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'Mad scientist' drug dealers cooked up massive pill operation
By Ben Feuerherd
October 9, 2018 | 3:24pm | Updated October 9, 2018 | 5:11pm


Police recovered pills made at a rogue drug manufacturing mill in the Bronx.


Some “mad scientist” drug dealers turned an apartment building’s boiler room into a “secret den” to cook up a massive pill-making operation, authorities said Tuesday.

Three men were busted in the scheme, including the Fordham Heights building’s superintendent, who gave the drug pushers access to a boiler room for their illicit trade, officials said.

“A boiler room in The Bronx was used as an opioid supplier’s secret den; equipped with a pill press capable of an unlimited supply of deadly pills,” Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent in Charge James Hunt said in a statement. “The new threat facing public health and law enforcement is synthetic drugs because dealers act as mad scientists, producing unregulated concoctions for street sales.”

Agustin Vasquez Chavez, Yefri Hernandez-Ozoria and building super Roberto Castillo were arrested after an investigation by agencies including the special narcotics prosecutor, DEA and NYPD.

“By precisely targeting the criminals who manufacture and peddle illegal narcotics on the streets of New York City, the NYPD and our law enforcement partners are confronting head-on the scourge of opioid abuse and fatal overdoses,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a press release after indictments against the trio were made public Tuesday.
Modal TriggerPolice investigate the drug mill that fraudsters used to make pills determined to be a mixture of heroin, fentanyl and pure methamphetamine.
Police investigate the drug mill that fraudsters used to make pills determined to be a mixture of heroin, fentanyl and pure methamphetamine.

Investigators identified Chavez and Hernandez-Ozoria as suspected members of a large-scale pill ring this summer and set up a sting to buy drugs from them in July, officials said.

The pair sold an undercover officer 860 pills of purported oxycodone and 50 pills of what they said was ecstasy on July 31 near 201st Street and Grand Concourse, according to the special narcotics prosecutor.
Modal TriggerEquipment seized from the drug mill in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx
Equipment seized from the drug mill in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx.

The pills were later determined to be a mixture of heroin and fentanyl and pure methamphetamine, officials said.

Police later determined Chavez and Hernandez-Ozoria were using a pill-press machine in the boiler room of an apartment building on Morris Avenue near 183rd Street to manufacture the black-market pills.

Castillo, the super of the five-story residential building, was letting the pair use the boiler room to run their drug-making operation, authorities said

Chavez and Hernandez-Ozoria were arrested after another sting by undercover officers in which they sold $20,000 worth of pills to cops Sept. 11, prosecutors said.

Castillo was arrested after a search warrant was conducted at the Morris Avenue address.

He faces conspiracy and criminal possession of a controlled substance charges, while Chavez and Hernandez-Ozoria face conspiracy and criminal sale of a controlled substance charges.
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