A sadistic crew of dope dealers pushed fentanyl laced heroin in NYC and Rockland County, leading to 9 overdoses, 3 of them fatal, law enforcement sources told Thursday. One of dealers even mocked his customers’ reaction to the deadly mix, calling it a “fentanyl dance,” then said an accomplice that he’d start pushing straight fentanyl, authorities revealed. Federal drug enforcers announced Thursday they have indicted 9 members of the drug dealing ring, accusing them of feeding a wave of opioid overdoses in Rockland County and NY. All but 1 have been arrested. In one instance, in Queens on December 15, 1 of their customers survived an overdose after being given the anti-OD medicine naloxone.
Heroin or fentanyl were responsible for 970 of the city’s 2016 opioid deaths, according to Health Department stats. 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 told. The dealers busted Thursday got their drugs from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens and sold them under 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 NYC 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. “Careful cause that s–t will kill you. Three people fell out over here” Diaz allegedly told one supplier, Christian (Spoonie) Cardenas 41 years old of Queens, in a Jan 5 conversation. On March 20, Diaz laughed with his Bronx supplier, Pablo (Menor) Perez 37 years old about the “fentanyl dance,” then bragged he had a “new connect” for “straight up fentanyl,” and that his customers “love it,” prosecutors told. All 9 members of the drug ring face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life if they are convicted. Diaz faces a 20 year minimum because prosecutors can link the drugs he sold to the December 15 overdose.