Buffalo narcotics detectives seized about 2,000 doses of heroin and arrested three drug dealers in a Busti Avenue apartment Friday night, police said.
The street value of the drugs, which were confiscated from a "drug mill" in a second-floor apartment at 399 Busti, was estimated at about $40,000, according to Lt. John Fenger of the Narcotics Bureau.
The bust, police said, is expected to "put a crimp" in the local heroin trade for months to come.
"These people who were arrested are new to the area and were branching out throughout the city," Fenger said.
An ounce of brown heroin, detectives said, was seized along with three ounces of white heroin.
"Brown heroin in this pure form is rare to the area," Fenger said.
Detectives also seized grinders, sifters and scales used to manufacture and package heroin.
In addition to the four ounces of heroin, detectives confiscated 51 bags of processed heroin ready for street sale. The amount of heroin, police said, was the largest quantity seized in a number of years.
Charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and intent to sell drugs were Joel Navarro, 22; Jose Leon, 17; and Aida Correa, 23, all of the Busti Avenue address.
Detectives said they learned of the operation through investigations and drug arrests elsewhere in the city. They kept the Busti location under surveillance for about a month.
Fenger and Detectives Lawrence Sadlocha, William Donovan and Thomas Doctor executed a search warrant at the residence.