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DEA dismantles first known meth conversion lab in the Bronx

Authorities have dismantled the metropolis’s first known meth conversion lab at a vacant Bronx condominium — in a scene paying homage to the hit present “Breaking Bad,” officers mentioned Wednesday.

On Feb. 3, Drug Enforcement Administration Agents and cops raided the makeshift lab at 3204 Kingsbridge Avenue — instantly throughout the road from an elementary college — and seized 22 kilos of meth, 45 grams of heroin and a couple of,000 narcotics drugs, in keeping with a launch from the metropolis’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

“This isn’t ‘Breaking Bad,’ but it is a bad sign that methamphetamine is trying to make a home in New York City,” mentioned Ray Donovan, particular agent in cost of the DEA New York Division, referencing the AMC collection a few cancer-stricken chemistry trainer who begins producing meth.

Inside the unfurnished condominium, brokers discovered a baking tray, a big metallic pot on the range with a sifter filled with crystal meth and different drug paraphernalia. Conversion labs, designed to rework liquid meth into crystals, require harmful chemical compounds which might be extremely flammable, officers mentioned.

“It is rare and extremely dangerous to discover a methamphetamine conversion lab in a densely populated area like New York City,” mentioned Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, whose office is dealing with the case. “Improperly handled chemicals emit toxic fumes, spark fires and can even explode.”

During the investigation, brokers reviewed surveillance footage and recognized three males — Inoel Acosta, Luis Reyes and Angel Zepeda — coming into the unit, generally carrying gallon drums of acetone, in keeping with a press launch. All three males have been arrested. Acosta and Reyes have been charged with a number of counts of legal possession of a managed substance, housebreaking and criminally utilizing drug paraphernalia. Zepeda, who’s the constructing’s tremendous, faces one rely of legal facilitation.

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