NYC becomes heroin trade center with drug trafficking at two-decade high


AFP Photo / Spencer Platt

AFP Photo / Spencer Platt

As increased heroin use within the United States comes into sharper view, New York City has emerged as one of the country’s largest distribution hubs, with more of the drug passing through it than at any time in the last 23 years.

According to a report by the New York Times, law enforcement has already confiscated 217 pounds of heroin throughout New York City in 2014, up sharply from 139 pounds over the same time frame last year.

Considering the fact that 786 pounds total were seized in 2013 – the largest number in about five years – police are already on track to blow past last year’s figures. Since October, 35 percent of all the heroin collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration across the US has been in New York state.

On Staten Island, where the city’s overdose rates are the highest, the amount…

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