DEA: Be On Lookout For Inexpensive ‘Cheese’ Heroin

Latest Version Of Dangerous Drug Killing Teens Across Country

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — There’s a new face of heroin, and it’s expected to become one of the worst epidemics since crack cocaine.

It’s called “cheese” heroin, a $2 mixed drug that’s getting teens hooked, reports CBS 2’s Lou Young.

Cheap, deadly and addictive — what looks like a pile of parmesan is actually the latest way to market heroin. “Cheese”– as it’s called — is part of an alarming campaign to get heroin into the hands of teens and children. New York’s special narcotics prosecutor said it’s time to sound the alarm.

“We’ve been picking it up on our wiretaps. They have a Spanish term for it, ‘feeding the birdies.’ If you ‘feed the birdies’ they always flock back to you,” Bridgette Brennan said.

In making the cheese the dealers are taking just a little bit of pure heroin and mixing it with a lot of over-the-counter medication, putting it in small glassine envelopes and selling them for $2, essentially turning the hardest of hard drugs into a gateway narcotic.

“It doesn’t have to show up in New York City. First it could show up in any town in the New York area,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Agent-In-Charge John Gilbride.

The DEA said heroin is already a presence in our suburbs as well as in town. Agents have seen the pattern before in other parts of the country.

“The cheese that we seized in Dallas was about 2 percent heroin, a very low-grade heroin mixed with the acetaminophen or the Tylenol PM for more of an intense high,” Gilbride said.

It’s a high that has killed dozens of teens in the southwest. The lucky ones lived to talk about it.

“Everything just started getting blurry and my heart started beating and I couldn’t breath,” one victim said.

“Maybe they take one hit, they snort some before school starts and by second period they start to feel some symptoms of withdrawal so they snort it again. By lunch time they’re snorting it again.  So they’re taking it in incremental dosages, but they’re taking a lot of it,” Brennan said.

The DEA said 25 percent of all heroin confiscated in the United States is confiscated right here in our area so as far as this new threat is concerned it’s not a matter of if it’s a matter of when it arrives.

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  • DanTe

    Hmm…. “nick”s post must be good for a “freedom loving” news organization like CBS to promptly censor. Nothing like the good old Bill of Rights, righ?

  • DanTe

    A lot of sympathizing druggies here. Absolutely no logic but a rambling diatribe against “Nick”. Typical of them.

    Nick is just proposing the simple economics of supply and demand. No demand = no supply. But I guess this is too complicated to be understood by dopes.

  • Gil

    Nick, your a symptom of the disease

  • E Dawg


  • The Truth

    The demand is high in the US for narcotics! Why? I suspect that if this was in a poor disadvantaged areas then they would not pay attention. Remember this stuff was smuggled by Italians in the 50’s so I guess the Rooster has come to roost! Sicilian to be more specific. Now that it has found its way into middle class neighborhoods its an epidemic. During the 70’s where was the outcry? Parents need to watch their kids more closely! Point really is no demand no supply simple economics!

  • royalfuzziness

    Yet another reason not to even touch this stuff.

  • No good drugs

    Well Nick You’ve definately have 1 follower. Im assuming the rest are drug abusers themselves. Or should I say “Enablers)

  • tim

    Is this coming from wisconsin?

  • Stan

    No Carl, Nick is simply saying that the 40 year ‘war’ was lost long ago. The government isn’t selling it, they just can’t stop the sale without stopping the buyer. When the market dries up, the product goes away.

  • Rez

    Nick is really Carl Paladino

  • Nate

    Do people like Nick think before posting, or do they simply snort drugs and then post?

  • Karl

    Nick, if you make the claim that the drugs should be spiked, then aren’t you really just admitting that the DEA and our Government is the one doing the distribution of drugs in the first place? Without drugs, no “war on drugs” would exist. Without a “war on drugs”, the DEA and most law enforcement as well as criminal gangs would be out of work. Think before posting.

  • Lee

    “New York’s special narcotics prosecutor said it’s time to sound the alarm.” Isn’t it too late? That “cheese” is RAMPANT in the Dallas area for few good years!

  • scott

    what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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