Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced on Tuesday the arrests of four persons in the takedown of a major fentanyl and heroin mill in Irvington, which distributed its narcotics in wax folds stamped with the same brand names that have been linked to 93 overdoses.
Approximately 70,000 individual doses and an additional 4 kilograms of suspected fentanyl and heroin – with a total street value of over half a million dollars – were seized, along with two handguns and $165,526 in cash.
“This is another victory for our Opioid Enforcement Task Force and another case where we undoubtedly saved lives by stopping countless doses of fentanyl and heroin from reaching drug users, including doses stamped with the same brand names as drugs linked to 33 deaths,” said Grewal in a statement. “We will continue to pursue this proactive and collaborative strategy – spearheaded by our new State Police-led task force and the Division of Criminal Justice – to take down drug mills and other major drug sources and choke off the supply line of deadly opioids coming into our communities,” Grewal said.
“When you combine the drugs already cut and packaged for distribution with the 4 kilograms packaged in bulk, we seized well over 100,000 doses of heroin and fentanyl at this drug mill – and that is just what they had on hand this one day,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Clearly this was an extremely high-volume mill that, thanks to our collaborative investigation, will no longer be fueling the opioid epidemic and all of the misery and death it is causing in our communities,” Allende said.
“The Opioid Enforcement Task Force is doing exactly what it was designed to do—choking off the flow of lethal batches of heroin and fentanyl from a single source, arresting those responsible, and more importantly, saving lives in the process,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police.
This investigation is part of a broader strategy being implemented by the Opioid Enforcement Task Force and Division of Criminal Justice that reflects a shift in how the state is investigating and prosecuting opioid cases.
“We know that our state is home to far too many people struggling with addiction,” said Grewal. “But we ask that, no matter what challenges you’re facing in your life, if you see heroin stamped with these markings, please, please stay away from it. Your next fix could be your last.”
The brand names on the seized rubber stamps that have been associated with overdoses can be viewed here.
“If you encounter any of these stamps, please notify law enforcement,” Grewal said. “Many departments and County Prosecutors across our state allow individuals to turn in drugs and paraphernalia, no questions asked.”