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NFL Heroin Busted in the Bronx

Brand names at a New York heroin "mill" included "Lady Gaga," "government shutdown," and "NFL."

Just days before the NFL’s best teams face off in the Super Bowl in New Jersey, local and federal authorities discovered a multi-million-dollar heroin mill across the river in New York City that was stamping its dope with the brand name “NFL.”

DEA agents, NYPD officers and state police allegedly found a "fully functional heroin mill" and 13 kilos of heroin, with a street value of $8 million, inside a Bronx apartment. They also found a bag full of stamps for branding individual packets of heroin with product names. Among the stamps were “government shutdown,” “Lady Gaga,” “Olympic 2012” and “NFL.”

Defendants Augustin Rivera, 35, and Cristino Then, 25, are both charged with two counts of criminal possession and one count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and are scheduled to be arraigned in Manhattan Friday.

Image: A stamp labeled NFL.
The DEA and New York City police seized $8 million worth of heroin from what they said was a “fully operational heroin mill” in the Bronx on Thursday. Some of the heroin found just days before the Super Bowl was stamped NFL, while other packets were stamped 'Government Shutdown,' 'Lady Gaga' and 'Olympic 2012.'Drug Enforcement Administration