Agents of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force knew something was up when they noticed a pickup truck and monster truck with North Carolina plates circling the same snow covered block in Elmhurst on Tuesday evening. According to the NY Daily News, heir suspicions were heightened when they learned that one of the trucks was unregistered. Though they were performing surveillance on something else at the time, the authorities approached the vehicles to question the drivers. After “inconsistent answers” to the officers’ questions, a drug-sniffing dog was brought in. The dog detected something, and a search warrant was obtained.
The pickup truck had a car axle and shaft in its bed. Inside the items, the cops found heroin. At the end of the search, the officers had found a total of 48 bricks of heroin, valued at $13 million. The drivers of the trucks were Peter Omar Garcia-Romero and Jose Guadencio Lantan-Vela. Both men are from Guatemala. Latan-Vela has only been in the United States since January 15, when he arrived with a visa. Garcia-Romero is a resident of North Carolina. Both men await prosecution on charges of first-and third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and second-degree conspiracy.
The authorities of NYC have been getting a lot of action involving heroin trafficking as of late. This massive bust follows the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history, when 70 kilos were seized in May.