NEW YORK CITY, NY (AP) — Police say they have uncovered a massive heroin-selling operation behind a secret door that was disguised as a shelf at a New York City candy shop.
Police say State Finance Department officers discovered the door at the Gates Candy & Grocery store in Brooklyn on Wednesday during an inspection for untaxed cigarettes.
Police raided the store Thursday and say they found large quantities of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Police say they found bags of suspected heroin and barrels full of suspected fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a powerful prescription painkiller often cut with heroin.
“It’s crazy! It’s crazy! I would never have guessed, honestly,” says regular customer Benny Senises. “I go there to pick up chips and drinks all the time.”
“It was shocking to almost everybody in the neighborhood,” says neighbor William Morales.
Morales says something didn’t seem right. He claims he always saw a lot of expensive cars stopping off to allegedly buy “candy” late at night, and he says the food inside the store was always old.
Local media reports say a 33-year-old Queens man and a 46-year-old Manhattan man face drug trafficking charges in connection with the operation.