Authorities arrested three men in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon and indicted them for running an industrial fentanyl pill mill, according to the Department of Justice.
Wellington Eustate Espinal, 41, Cristian Eustate Espinal, 20, Heriberto Eustate Espinal, 27, and Roberto Jose Vargas-Paulino, 31, each face a two-count charge of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and distribution of narcotics, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said Friday in a statement.
Law enforcement officers stormed the fentanyl mill, an apartment within a two-family house in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx, following an investigation which started around September.
The officers found approximately 24 kilograms of suspected fentanyl powder, three commercial pill presses, fillers, dyes, industrial-grade face masks, a surveillance system and over 200,000 suspected distribution-ready fentanyl pills, among other paraphernalia. The colorful pills were made to mimic prescription and party drugs.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarantino described the mill as “one of the largest fentanyl pill mills we have seen in New York City,” further alleging “this industrial pill mill, located in the heart of the Bronx, had enough lethal fentanyl to dispense well over a million lethal doses,” per the statement.
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