Factory-like mills feed ravenous NYC heroin market

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Associated Press

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 5 at 11:35 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Heroin is thriving in the New York City area.

Recent raids by the federal and state drug authorities have resulted in scores of arrests and large drug seizures. They've also given colorful insight into the current heroin market.

Absent are scenes out of films like "American Gangster," with kingpins flaunting their wealth, settling turf wars with brazen gunplay and serving a clientele of strung-out junkies queuing up to buy low-grade product. The new business model calls for more discretion and discipline, and better branding and quality control.

The heroin is purer and the users more mainstream, including college students and professionals who snort rather than shoot up.

Authorities say current-day retailers have steadily expanded their operations throughout the city and its suburbs.

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