By Gangsters Inc. Editors
A Bronx man was arrested in connection with the seizure of approximately 23 kilograms of heroin/fentanyl (50 pounds) from an apartment located near Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The narcotics carry an estimated street value of $7 million.
Samuel Rojas-Camacho was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and third degrees and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree. Rojas-Camacho was arrested the night of Monday, November 7, 2022 and arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on the night of Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
Green Jaguar sedan
Agents and officers stopped a green Jaguar sedan at the southwest corner of Jerome Avenue and East 233rd Street at approximately 9 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2022. Rojas-Camacho was a passenger in the vehicle. The investigation revealed that he had travelled out of state that same day. Rojas-Camacho had previously been observed on video surveillance entering and exiting the lobby of an apartment building located at 3535 Dekalb Avenue on approximately three prior occasions.
At approximately 10 p.m., members of NYDETF Group T-21 arrived at 3535 Dekalb Avenue, Apt. 5B, and conducted a search, recovering approximately 11 brick-shaped packages of heroin/fentanyl containing approximately one kilogram of narcotics each, 5 hockey puck-shaped packages containing heroin/fentanyl, and a large plastic bag containing heroin/fentanyl. The packages and large bag of narcotics were found inside a concealed compartment in a coffee table.
"Skull Crusher" brand
A shoebox in the bedroom contained an additional quantity of heroin/fentanyl. Street ready glassine envelopes stamped with the brand name “Skull Crusher,” empty glassines and plastic bags of heroin/fentanyl were also recovered from the bedroom closet.
A subsequent field test on some of the narcotics yielded positive results for fentanyl and heroin. Further analysis is pending.
All of the equipment and paraphernalia necessary for packaging narcotics was present in the apartment, such as coffee grinders, rubber gloves, an air purifier and a scale. Bank receipts and medicine bottles in Rojas-Camacho’s name were also recovered.
“This case illustrates how narcotics flow from state to state, with large amounts of fentanyl and heroin continuing to flood New York City. Traffickers take great pains to conceal drug shipments that sell for millions of dollars, in this case inside a table outfitted with a hidden trap compartment,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan. “Overdose rates remain at record-high levels, with the majority of deaths attributed to fentanyl.”
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