2 Men Indicted On Major Bronx Heroin Bust

Authorities Seize 40 Pounds Of Heroin Worth At Least $10 Million

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Authorities busted one of the largest narcotics trafficking operations found in the city.

City Special Narcotic Prosecutor Bridget Brennon said state police arrested two men they say is involved with a heroin mill in the Gun Hill section of the Bronx.

“It was a huge seizure. We seized close to 40 pounds and the street value of the heroin is at least $10 million so it’s a very, very substantial seizure,” Brennon said.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports on the arrests

The two men arrested were Andy Moscat and Francisco Rivera. A grand jury has already voted to indict them both.

Brennon said Moscat was caught when he carried a heavy duffle bag with 40 pounds of heroin out of the apartment building where the mill was located. Authorities caught Rivera when he sped away in a car and crashed into an unmarked police car with a state police officer inside.

Upon further investigation, authorities searched the home of the defendants and found the following: one 9 mm Beretta handgun with a loaded magazine, $38,000 in cash and a large amount of jewelry, and manufacturing equipment for heroin.

Moscat was arraigned on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and third degrees and Ramirez was held on $500,000 bail and charged with one count of criminal facilitation in the second degree.

They are both scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment next month.

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  • Marelicia Y

    What??? Only 2 Counts for Moscat and one “very weak” Count for Rivera. I would have been creative and charged 20 counts each.

    BUT Rivera may be able to get off. A good defense attorney or public defender could very well argue, “Your honor, my client, Mr. Rivera was waiting for Mr. Moscat and did not know what Mr. Moscat had in his duffle bag. Mr. Moscat had asked my client for a ride, and Mr. Rivera was waiting for Mr. Moscat when he saw the undercover cops grab Mr. Moscat.”

    If I was Rivera, that would be my story and I would make the District Attorney prove its case with that very weak charge. The cops should have waited just a little bit longer to implicate Mr. Rivera. I think their case against him is very weak. TIMO.

  • Aviv Rosenthal

    The suspects have spanish surnames.

  • Elmer Fudd Gantry

    If they are deemed guilty, these two gentlemen will probably receive quite long jail terms for their crimes. The State does not look favorably upon such men. They require a barrister of considerable talent, wit & guile.

  • Mongolian BBQ

    Heroin is evil? People can be evil – I’m pretty sure heroin is neutral.

  • Linda

    AND who cares what the idiots name is…. gonna be nothing but a # now! goodbye losers!

  • Linda

    GREAT! get that evil stuff off our streets!

  • Spencer

    Dear CBS Editor: Don’t you read your own copy?

    First you state that one of the perps is named Rivera.

    Then you state his name as Ramirez. Which is it?

  • pookie

    heroin used to be legal & was made by bayer

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