Major Heroin Pipeline Busted

March 2, 2011 Updated Mar 2, 2011 at 8:54 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 2, 2011 Updated Mar 2, 2011 at 8:54 PM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y) They're calling it the biggest heroin bust in Western New York history.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced in Buffalo that agents from the Organized Crime Task Force, working with New York State Police C-NET and the other local law enforcement agencies, have smashed a massive heroin distribution network.

In a 51-count indictment unsealed Wednesday, fifteen people are being charged with funneling heroin from the Bronx to Buffalo.

Police say bricks of heroin were transported up the New York State Thruway to an apartment in the Delaware District of Buffalo. They were then processed into smaller "hits that were sold on the street.

Agents confiscated over seven kilograms of heroin which has a street value of $3.5 million dollars.

According to City of Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown, the seized heroin represented "160,000 hits" that could have been sold on city streets.

Police also took into evidence $45,000 in cash, weapons, and equipment used for processing the heroin.

Thirteen suspects are in custody. All are charged with criminal sale and possesion of a controlled substance. In addition, authorities are charging three men with a more serious felony narcotics charge.

Eury Rodriguez (age 32 from New York, NY), Luis Sime (age 43 from Bronx, NY), and Fernando Rodriguez (age 45 from Buffalo, NY) are being charged with an A1 Felony "Operating as a Major Trafficker."

"Operating as a Major Trafficker" is the only narcotics charge in NY State that carries a possible life sentence.