Fleeing drug suspects had thrown two guns, four kilograms of heroin and thousands of glassine containers from the 18th floor of an Audubon Avenue building, with some of the contraband raining down on the nearby expressway.
One hapless suspect even dangled from an 18th floor balcony at 260 Audubon Avenue but gave up when he saw officers already waiting for him on the floor below, said the city's Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridget Brennan.
Six alleged drug dealers were captured and a million dollars worth of Mexican and Colombian heroin were recovered, police said.
The closed thoroughfares were opened around 11 p.m., after police spent about a half hour collecting the drugs and guns.
Apartment 18C had been turned into a heroin packaging center for the past month officials said.
Drug workers were videotaped entering the flat with backpacks and food for 10-hour shifts preparing the heroin and packaging it into glassines labeled "Starbucks," "Target" and "High End," authorities said.