An upstate sheriff, angered by dope dealers in his rural county, helped dismantle a New York drug ring as officials seized $5 million in heroin and $115,000 cash.
The ringleader and four underlings were busted Thursday at a heroin-packaging mill inside an apartment on W. 238th St. in the Bronx, said Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor.
The investigation kept 1 million bags of heroin off the streets of New York, Long Island and Westchester, Sullivan, Orange and Albany counties, Brennan said.
The operation’s boss was identified as Orlando Rosario-Concepcion, 38, of Paterson, N.J. The suspect and his associate Rodolofo Abreu-Cristomo jumped out a window when cops burst into the Bronx apartment — but both were quickly cuffed, a prosecutor said.
Concepcion was jailed after a safe containing $70,000 and a “heroin ledger” with business records was discovered in his Jersey home.
Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff became irate over a jump in heroin overdoses in his jurisdiction and sparked his own investigation that traced the drugs to the Bronx.
The probe involved the Drug Enforcement Administration, the state police, the NYPD and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.