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AG: 33 kilos of heroin seized in ‘extraordinary takedown’

September 23, 2016

As published by Newsday on September 23, 2016.

Authorities in New York State announced on Friday “a major heroin and fentanyl takedown” involving a seizure of drugs with a street value of more than $13 million.

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office said the seizure of 33 kilograms of heroin and 2 kilograms of fentanyl is among the largest in the nearly five-decade history of the state’s Organized Crime Task Force.

“It’s an extraordinary takedown,” Schneiderman said at a Friday news conference. “This is a huge quantity of dangerous drugs.”

The investigation, known as “Operation Dirty Dope,” began in 2015 after a complaint from State Police about a spike in the heroin trade in Brentwood and led to the disruption of a national smuggling ring, according to Schneiderman’s office.

Some of the drugs were distributed in Suffolk County, said Doug Cohen, a spokesman for the attorney general.

All but one of the Suffolk County defendants — Luis Aude-Mora, Amauris Sanchez and Oscarhyl Martinez Aude — have been arrested. Manuel Torres remains at large, and another named in the case, Nelfi Aude, has since died.

None of their attorneys could be immediately located for comment.

Among the 25 people indicted in the case are residents of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, officials said.