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Fatal heroin overdoses outnumber homicides in New York

Crime WorldBy Neil Fetherston
Smack is back
Smack is back

Fatal heroin overdoses now outnumber homicides in New York.

Law enforcement seized roughly $300 million worth of heroin in 2014 but authorities suspect that’s a fraction of the dope available throughout the five boroughs.

“Heroin is making a big-time comeback,” NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told the Daily News Editorial Board during a recent visit.

Bratton said heroin deaths outpaced murders in New York for the second straight year in 2014.

Exact numbers for last year were not available, but 420 people people died from heroin overdoses in 2013 — when there were 335 homicides, according to the city’s Department of Health.

Three drug-fighting agencies — the NYPD’s narcotics division, the city’s office of the special narcotics prosecutor and federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s

New York field division — seized 2,186 pounds of heroin in 2014, records show.

That equates to about 30 million heroin doses with a street value of approximately $300 million, officials said.

In the first quarter of 2015, the DEA alone has already taken nearly 220 pounds of smack off the streets — equaling the amount they seized in all of 2014.

The office of the special narcotics prosecutor has seized an additional 120 pounds of heroin this year.

“We’ve never seen these numbers, not even in the heroin epidemics from 30 to 40 years ago,” said James Hunt, special agent in charge of the DEA’s New York Field Division.