Heroin use is spreading in the streets of America at an epidemic rate. Millions of Americans have found themselves addicted to dope and scour the streets looking for their next fix. Law enforcement in New Jersey have made that mission even harder after making a huge bust in the Teaneck area. The haul of heroin seized is said to be worth $3.5 to $5 million on the street, and the authorities are viewing it as a major victory.
Miguel Armenta-Villa, 25, of Bakersfield, CA was arrested on Friday and charged with first-degree possession of heroin and possession with intent to distribute. The charges came after a three week investigation and raid by the DEA, NYPD, New York State Police and Bergen County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. The laws uncovered 22 kilos of smack in a house Armenta-Villa was in. The 22 kilos reportedly breaks down in 1.1 million “decks” or doses of heroin.
Though the stash was said to be worth millions, NorthJersey.com breaks it down differently:
Typically, according to experts on street sales of heroin, a deck is a folded wax-paper packet containing anywhere from one to 15 grams of heroin. With 1,000 grams in a kilogram, that would add up to 22,000 “decks,” at most, in 22 kilograms of heroin.
At current street prices, a deck is sold for anywhere from $3 to $5. Street sales of heroin are generally in quantities of 10 decks to a “bundle,” or 10 bundles to a “brick.” That would result in a street value of between $66,000 and $110,000 for the heroin seized Friday.
Armenta-Villa was booked at Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, where his bail was set at $150,000.