This year’s trend? Heroin.
According to the NYPD, the amount of heroin seized in New York City so far this year is already the highest recorded since 1991.
“It’s cheap, it’s potent and there’s a user demand here right now and they’re flooding the market,” James J. Hunt, who heads the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York office, told The New York Times. “In my time, we’ve never seen the amount of large heroin seizures like this.”
The Times reports that since October, roughly 35 percent of heroin seized by the DEA nationwide came from New York State, while in years past, the state only accounted for about one-fifth of nationwide heroin seizures.
In Staten Island, busts are up 61 percent from last year.
Why is this year so bad?
New York City has always been a favorite for distributors because of its big market and easy access to other East Coast areas. But this year the drug cartels have grown increasing widespread and sophisticated, according to Bridget G. Brennan, a special narcotics prosecutor.
“We’re kind of the head of the Hydra,” Ms. Brennan told The Times. “This is highly organized, high volume, and it’s being moved much more efficiently and effectively to reach out to a broader user base.”
So, no, Breaking Bad isn’t to blame.