Terry Barbour, the alleged ringleader of the operation, was arrested by members of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and NYPD.
Accomplice Jamal Johnson was also arrested, while another conspirator, Perry Funchess, was arrested three weeks ago, which helped law enforcement bust the drug operation.
Johnson, Funchess and Barbour face criminal possession charges, while Barbour faces charges of conspiracy and criminally using drug paraphernalia.
DEA agents and police officers seized over $4 million inside of a “packaging mill” located at 94-04 80th Street.
Agents saw Barbour and Funchess at the residence on December 15, and later pulled Funchess over after he left the apartment with a black duffel bag and a backpack.
The bags held over 16 pounds of fentanyl and heroin pressed into brick form, as well as over 17 pounds of cocaine and crack cocaine. Inside the vehicle, agents also found a loaded Ak-47 rifle and a pistol.
Agents received a warrant for the residence and discovered drug packaging equipment, including strainers, scales, heat-sealers and more.
District Attorney Melinda Katz noted the defendants in the case were operating just blocks away from two schools.
“Heroin, fentanyl and cocaine are highly addictive, destructive drugs that have no place in our communities,” Katz said. “My office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to shut down drug suppliers who are literally bringing poison and death into our communities.”
DEA Special Agent Ray Donovan said the case highlights why the partnership between the DEA and the city’s Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor is “invaluable” to keeping residents safe.
“Guns and illegal drugs have no place on our streets and feed violence throughout our neighborhoods,” Donovan said. “I applaud the tenacity exemplified by the detectives, agents, and investigators who doggedly pursued and arrested the ringleader of this drug trafficking crew.”
“This seizure represents another success in our ongoing work to keep New Yorkers from being victimized by the illegal trade in narcotics,” added NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said that overdose deaths are up by at least 10 percent in New York City as of May 2020.
“Fentanyl is a major factor, tragically claiming the lives of those struggling with substance use in isolation during the pandemic, when supportive services are less available,” she said. “Investigations targeting large-scale fentanyl traffickers have never been more crucial.”