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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Hey, At Least It's Good Stuff!

Sopranos to open a booth at the New Joisey State Fair.

DEA Says New Jersey Heroin Is Purest in U.S

TRENTON, N.J. (Dec. 12) - New Jersey's heroin was found to be the purest in the nation for the second straight year, a dubious distinction that has sparked concern in the medical and law enforcement communities.

Federal Drug Enforcement Agency tests of heroin samples obtained from New Jersey streets showed 71.4 percent purity in 2002, nearly twice the national average. In the 2003 report, due out soon, New Jersey again will hold the top spot, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne told The Star-Ledger of Newark.

''You can't buy any better heroin in the world than you can buy in New Jersey,'' said Michael Pasterchick, special agent in charge of the Newark DEA office.

The average purity of samples taken in 2002 in Philadelphia was 66.3 percent, in New York 61.5 percent, in Baltimore 22.9 percent and in San Francisco 12.1 percent, according to the DEA.


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