$5 Million Worth of Heroin Seized in NY

$5 Million Worth of Heroin Seized in NY

On the morning of Wednesday, June 18, 2014, the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested two members of a major West Bronx drug trafficking operation, Rosa Vasquez and Carmen Garcia.

Over the course of a long-term investigation, surveillance had been conducted in the area of Creston Avenue and 180th Street, a suspected heroin packaging location. On the morning of Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Garcia arrived at the location in a Honda Accord and switched over to a parked Chevrolet Venture van. Vasquez was then spotted with a large black duffel bag in hand before approaching and entering the van’s backseat.

Garcia then proceeded to drive the van in an erratic manner while Vasquez sat in the backseat making motions toward the cargo area. After parking the van in a Bronx parking garage at 1752 Morris Avenue, both women exited and started to walk away. They were quickly intercepted by Drug Enforcement Task Force agents.

The keys were still in the ignition when agents approached the van to perform a search. They found the black duffel bag to contain approximately 100,000 glassine envelopes of heroin within four shrink-wrapped bricks. A concealed compartment in the van’s cargo area contained another 375,000 glassine envelopes of heroin within fifteen additional shrink-wrapped bricks. The compartment also contained another kilogram of raw heroin.

In all, the street value of the 475,000 glassine envelopes is estimated at $4,750,000. Once processed and packaged for distribution, the raw heroin would have sold for another $250,000. A subsequent search of the residence shared by the two women at 1055 Boston Road, Apt 2A, also uncovered $5,000 in cash.

Both Vasquez and Garcia have been charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 1st Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.

Bricks containing 25,000 street-ready glassine envelopes of heroin found in the hidden compartment.

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