New York and Los Angeles law enforcement agencies joined forces to probe two fake jewelry businesses in heir respective locales. One was Sapphire in Los Angeles and the other was 21 Divine in New York City’s Diamond District. The stores were suspected as being fronts for a cocaine distribution ring. Last Thursday, the cops’ suspicions were confirmed when they found 121 pounds of cocaine that had been shipped to 21 Divine worth $1.7 million.
According to the New York Daily News:
On Wednesday, task force members identified three suspicious packages coming from Sapphire. The city’s office of the special narcotics prosecutor got a warrant for the packages, and investigators scoped the site as deliverymen carried them in.
After the delivery, agents arrested Junior Lopez-Pena, 26, when he tried to leave with keys for the place. The coke was found inside.
Lopez-Pena, of Haverstraw, was hit with felony drug possession charges and was ordered held on $250,000 bail.
“This brazen trafficking scheme involved the delivery of 55 kilograms of cocaine to a bustling commercial center in Midtown Manhattan during broad daylight,” said special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan. “By disrupting the supply chain and seizing $2 million in narcotics we undoubtedly saved lives.”
Lopez-Pena’s lawyer says his client was simply signing for a package.