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Prosecutor: 26 pounds of heroin seized, 5 arrested, in NYC; probe began after upstate death

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NEW YORK — Authorities say they've broken up a prolific New York City-based heroin ring after following leads that emerged after a fatal overdose in the Hudson Valley last fall.

City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said Friday that five people were arrested as authorities raided locations including a heroin mill in a Bronx apartment Thursday.

Prosecutors say some people threw heroin out the windows during the raid, and two defendants climbed out another window onto a fire escape in an unsuccessful attempt to escape.

Brennan says investigators found over 26 pounds of heroin, worth at least $5 million, in the various locations. She says they also found $115,000 in cash and two guns.

Authorities made a record-setting seizure of more than 150 pounds of heroin in New York earlier this month.

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