Authorities have confiscated a record seizure of heroin in New York. The 154-pound seizure was the result of an investigation into two New York City drug traffickers.
Drug Enforcement Administrators and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan called the heroin seizure the largest ever recorded by the DEA in New York state. The seizure, which they believed came from Mexico, was worth at least $50 million.
Arrested are Jose Mercedes and Yenci Cruz Francisco, both of the Bronx. They were also found with $2 million in cash.
Authorities said they believe the drug ring had been receiving similar-size shipments from Mexican suppliers on a monthly basis. They said they believe this was the main source for heroin users in New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
“To put it in perspective, this load was so large it carried the potential of supplying a dose of heroin to every man, woman and child in New York City,” Brennan said in a statement. “While this important seizure stopped a huge amount of heroin from flooding our city, it also highlights the critical need to intercept heroin before it ever reaches our region.”
Over the weekend, investigators were tipped off that the two men from the ring were expecting a large drug shipment. The two suspects were followed to a residential part of the Bronx. It was then that a drug-sniffing dog detected drugs inside their parked SUV.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of heroin hidden inside two compartments of the SUV. A seperate search at a nearby apartment turned up the $2 million in cash under a floor.