Drug Enforcement Administration officials said Friday that a drug bust in the Bronx netted more than $8 million worth of heroin.
DEA officials say they were conducting surveillance Thursday night as part of ongoing heroin investigations when they saw Cristino Then enter a building on Wallace Avenue with two bags, then leave empty handed.
They say that as agents were questioning Then, they saw another man, Augustin Rivera, climbing out of a fifth-floor window.
DEA officials went up to the apartment, and say they found the 33 pounds of heroin inside.
Investigators say that scales, coffee grinders and baking soda were recovered from the apartment.
The bust is part of a larger investigation into heroin deals in the northeast.
"Both in the city and in the outlying areas is a huge spike up in heroin addiction and overdose death, and this seizure really corresponds with that," "And if any of us thought that heroin had gone away or heroin wasn't a real threat, especially to our young people, they ought to wake up now."
Rivera and Then each face charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia.