Police laid the smack down on a heroin operation at a Ridgewood apartment house during a raid last week, it was announced on Monday, Dec. 5.
A “substantial” amount of heroin, much of which was prepackaged in small plastic bags, was recovered from an apartment on Stanhope Street near Cypress Avenue during the Dec. 1 raid. Three people at the premises for the search were taken into custody on drug possession charges.
Law enforcement sources said that members of the NYPD Brooklyn North Narcotics Squad conducted the court-authorized raid at 5:35 p.m. last Thursday afternoon. The search was the result of an ongoing investigation into drug activity near the Brooklyn/Queens border.
Police did not provide specifics regarding the amount of heroin seized, but noted that it was a large quantity. Various drug packaging paraphernalia and a large sum of cash were also recovered by officers.
Two people who reside at the apartment — Eileen Santiago, 38, and Aaron Pereira, 29 — were taken into custody at the scene along with Manhattan resident William Torres, 49. All three were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Deputy Inspector Mark Wachter, commander of the 104th Precinct, congratulated the squad for the bust in a Twitter post on Sunday night, Dec. 4.
— NYPD 104th Precinct (@NYPD104Pct) December 4, 2016