NYC heroin dealers keep low profile

NYC Heroin

NEW YORK (AP) — A little-noticed drug bust a week before actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent heroin overdose shed more light on the well-oiled distribution network for the drug.

Authorities say the network packages heroin supplied by Mexican cartels at mills run by Dominican immigrants and hidden in safe neighborhoods in New York City and the suburbs. Workers churn countless single-dose packets for a thriving market that includes mainstream customers like Hoffman.

Dealers and users often connect on social media sites. Phone numbers are exchanged and meeting spots are arranged through texting.

How Hoffman got his drugs remains uncertain. But evidence suggests he may have visited an unassuming lower Manhattan apartment building where a supplier lived. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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