2016-02-03 / Front Page

Cops Nab Two In 100-Pound Heroin Bust

By Liz Goff
Officers from a drug enforcement task force last week seized more than 100 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of $14 million from an axle and drive shaft castings in the flatbed of a pickup truck in Jackson Heights.

Officers investigating heroin distribution in the area spotted two pickup trucks with North Carolina plates circling 84th Street near Northern Boulevard on the night of January 26, authorities said.

Officers and detectives from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) the NYPD Narcotics Bureau and the New York State Police were staked out nearby when officers pulled over the trucks at about 6:45 p.m., authorities said.

Truck drivers Peter Omar Garcia-Romero,k 33, and Jose Guadeencio Lantan-Vela, 65, were arrested after rug-sniffing dogs alerted the cops to the presence of narcotics in one of the trucks. Both men have been charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Following the arrests, the trucks were taken to a DEA facility in Manhattan, where investigators found heroin stuffed into the drive shaft and axle castings in one of the trucks, authorities said.


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