NEW JERSEY – Just days before the NFL’s best teams face off in the Super Bowl in New Jersey, local and federal authorities discovered a multi-million-dollar heroin mill across the river in New York City that was stamping its dope with the brand name “NFL.”
On Thursday, DEA agents, NYPD officers and state police say they saw a man in the Williamsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx carrying black shopping bags away from a suspected drug location and into an apartment building.
When the suspect, Cristino Then, came out of the building empty-handed, officers began to question him. At that moment they saw a second man climbing out the window of a fifth-floor apartment and onto the fire escape.
Entering the apartment via the fire escape, officers allegedly found “a fully operational heroin mill,” including baking soda, grinders, scales and approximately 13 kilos of heroin, with a street value of up to $9 million.
They also found a bag full of stamps for branding individual packets of heroin with product names. Among the stamps were “government shutdown,” “Lady Gaga,” “Olympic 2012” and “NFL.”