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5 Queens residents busted in drug and gun trafficking operation

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Eleven people, including five from Queens, were busted for their alleged roles in a drug-trafficking operation that distributed fentanyl, heroin, and a variety of drugs, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Following a long-term investigation, the men were charged on various counts of drug trafficking, conspiracy, criminal possession of a controlled substance and other crimes. Click here to a full addendum of defendants and their charges.

According to the Queens District Attorney’s office, the bust marked the country’s largest seizure of carfentanil, a substance that is said to be 100 times more deadly than fentanyl.

“The main defendant in this case operated a complicated illegal network of dealers and traffickers, who pumped deadly drugs which continue to contribute to the opioid epidemic in our communities,” said acting District Attorney John M. Ryan. “Although it is commonly known that this epidemic is fueled by the rise in fentanyl trafficking, the main defendant and his associates are also charged with trafficking carfentanil, another synthetic opioid – 100 times more potent than fentanyl. The seizure of 11 pounds of carfentanil from these defendants represents the largest seizure of its kind and has certainly resulted in saving lives.”