28.10.17

Gang Selling 'Pray For Death' Heroin Mixed With Fentanyl Busted In The Bronx

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Cops busted seven people peddling a “Pray for Death” heroin and fentanyl mix in the Bronx, authorities said Thursday.

One of the alleged street dealers, Stanley Scarillo, 35, is accused of selling narcotics to a customer on Marion Ave. in the Bronx — who snorted it on the spot and promptly overdosed.



Scarillo checked the man’s pulse and called 911. He then dragged the comatose man around the corner away from the drug spot, prosecutors said.

Medics rushed to the scene and were able to revive him.

Scarillo and the six other defendants were charged in an indictment filed by Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan following a six-month investigation.

They’re slated to be arraigned later Thursday on charges including drug possession and sale, illegal weapons possession and reckless endangerment.

Investigators used wiretaps and surveillance to crack the crew, which allegedly operated an open-air drug market on Marion Ave. and 194th St. in Fordham Manor.

The area has some of the highest overdose death rates in the city.

In 2016, the city had a 46% spike in overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl, a synthetic drug that’s said to be 50 times stronger than heroin.

Undercover cops made 15 purchases, worth $10,000, from the crew, authorities said.

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On Sept. 6, for example, Scarillo allegedly sold 300 glassine envelopes filled with a mix of heroin and fentanyl to an undercover officer for $2,850, authorities said.

The crew was led by supplier Billy Perez, 39, prosecutors said. He’s charged with moving drugs from his Soundview home and handing them to a middleman who passed them to suspect Hector Figueroa, 61.

Figueroa then allegedly gave them to street dealers.

Both Perez and Scarillo also face gun charges.

A search warrant executed at Perez’s house turned up $200,000 in cash and glassine envelopes stamped with an image of a kneeling skeleton and the brand name “Pray for Death.”

"This predatory organization was set up for business at a recycling collection site where potential customers would return empty cans and bottles to scrape together the cash to purchase dime bags of what they thought was heroin," Brennan said.

"Instead, the defendants were selling fentanyl, a potent drug fueling a rash of overdose deaths that is particularly concentrated in this neighborhood. We will hold drug dealers responsible when there is clear evidence they endangered the lives of customers by profiteering off the sale of lethal drugs."

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark called images of the overdose victim “a chilling testament to the ferocity of fentanyl.”

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill hailed the arrests.

“The defendants pushed their poison onto the streets of the Bronx, with high concentrations of fentanyl and a blatant disregard for human life," he said.

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