$800K in methamphetamine seized in New Rochelle raid

The Drug Enforcement Administration, NYPD, State Police and The Drug Enforcement Administration, NYPD, State Police and New Rochelle police all took part in the bust of a methamphetamine drug ring in New Rochelle, arresting two people and seizing 50 pounds of the drug. It was one of the largest seizures of the drug ever in the state, according to a source at the DEA. (Oct. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: Faye Murman

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In what was described as the largest such bust in New York State history, agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration Sunday seized about 50 pounds of methamphetamine from a boardinghouse in New Rochelle with a street value of $800,000, officials said.

Two people were arrested in the bust and additional arrests are expected, said DEA spokeswoman Erin Mulvey. Assisting the DEA were officers of the New York City Police Department, State Police and New Rochelle Police Department.

No further information was immediately available on the two people arrested at 71 Church St. Agents in unmarked cars descended on the quiet street and removed evidence from the large, blue house.

One woman who lives on the block declined to give her name but said that residents had little interaction with residents of the boardinghouse.

"We mind our business and they mind theirs," she said.

The seizure and arrests came after a long-running investigation of a methamphetamine ring, Mulvey said.

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Most of the methamphetamine distributed in the United States is produced in Mexico and South America and smuggled into California, from which it is distributed.

Mulvey said the 50 pounds of the white, powdered stimulant is the most ever seized in the state.

Methamphetamine, whose street names include speed, meth, ice and crystal, can be snorted, smoked or taken orally or by injection.

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Long-term use can lead to violent behavior, anxiety, confusion and insomnia, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1.2 million Americans age 12 and older had used methamphetamine at least once in the past year.

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