Anecdotal evidence indicates that heroin trafficking in New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, and law enforcement officials say that bigger players are now entering the market to sell the drug there and feed a growing appetite along the East Coast, says the New York Times. The amount of heroin seized in investigations involving the city's special narcotics prosecutor has already surpassed last year's totals, and is higher than any year going back to 1991.
The drug makes its way here in trucks from Mexico. They park at truck stops or warehouses near New York to transfer loads of heroin to cars bound for mills in the Bronx or Upper Manhattan and, eventually, to users along the Eastern Seaboard at prices ranging from $6 to $10 per glassine envelope. The authorities say they are seeing an outgrowth of a surge in drug abuse, said Bridget G. Brennan, the special narcotics prosecutor whose office deals primarily with large-scale operations.