A sadistic crew of dope dealers pushed fentanyl-laced heroin in New York City and Rockland County, leading to nine overdoses, three of them fatal, law enforcement sources said Thursday.
One of the dealers even mocked his customers’ reaction to the deadly mix, calling it a “fentanyl dance,” — then told an accomplice that he’d start pushing straight fentanyl, authorities revealed.
Federal drug enforcers announced Thursday they’ve indicted nine members of the drug-dealing ring, accusing them of feeding a wave of opioid overdoses in Rockland County and New York. All but one have been arrested.
In one instance, in Queens on Dec. 15, one of their customers survived an overdose after being given the anti-OD medicine naloxone, officials said.
Heroin or fentanyl were responsible for 970 of the city’s 2016 opioid deaths, according to city Health Department stats.
The Daily News has highlighted the city’s, and the nation’s, deadly abuse crisis, in an ongoing series called “Opioid Nation.”
Dealers often cut their heroin with fentanyl, a synthetic, cheap to manufacture painkiller.
“Often times, users never know that the substance they purchased has been cut with this opioid, which is 50 times more powerful than regular heroin,” Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.
The dealers busted Thursday got their drugs from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens and sold them under the brand name “China White” outside Rockland county supermarkets and in people’s homes.
Rockland authorities teamed up with the DEA after a string of ODs, and the investigation led them to four dealers in Haverstraw, and their New York City suppliers.
One dealer, Robert (Face) Diaz, of Haverstraw, knew just how dangerous his product was — and that his customers didn’t know they were getting fentanyl, according to an 11-page indictment.
“Careful cause… that s–t will kill you,” Diaz allegedly told one supplier, Christian (Spoonie) Cardenas, 41, of Queens, in a Jan. 5 conversation. “Three people fell out over here.”
On March 20, Diaz laughed with his Bronx supplier, Pablo (Menor) Perez, 37, about the “fentanyl dance,” then bragged he had a “new connect” for “straight up fentanyl,” and that his customers “love it,” prosecutors said.
All nine members of the drug ring face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life if they’re convicted.
Diaz faces a 20-year minimum because prosecutors can link the drugs he sold to the Dec. 15 overdose, officials said.