NATION : 19 Seized in Record N.Y. Heroin Bust

From Times wire services

The FBI and police seized more than 800 pounds of heroin and $3 million in cash in New York and arrested at least 19 people in Los Angeles and three other cities in raids that smashed a major international Asian heroin trafficking ring, authorities said today.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn said it was a record heroin bust for New York and possibly the country.

Anne Driscoll, spokeswoman for U.S. Atty. Andrew Maloney in Brooklyn, said one of those arrested was reputed to be a notorious Chinese heroin boss in his 70s who has long been sought by federal prosecutors. His identity was not immediately revealed.

Simultaneous with the New York raids, federal and local law enforcement officials across the country moved in and arrested suspects in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit, she said. Those arrested were flown to New York during the night and were being held at FBI offices.

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