Most of the time, it seems that drug dealers are very careful about how they transport their product, so that they are not on law enforcement’s radar. In a story coming out of Queens, it seems that some players in a major cannabis ring were not so careful. Early yesterday morning, six men (aged between 24 and 53-years-old) were caught by the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, unloading a staggering 3,500 pounds of cheeba in a public area in Queens.
Around 1:30 AM on Monday, he men were unloading cardboard boxes full of bud off of an 18-wheeler near the Good Fortune Supermarket in the area of Ireland Street, between 51st Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst. They were moving the boxes from the tractor-trailer onto a rental moving truck and cargo van. NBC New York reports:
When the officers got closer, they were overwhelmed by a strong odor of marijuana coming from the truck and from the boxes, prosecutors said. When they got closer, they saw seven large pallets holding cardboard boxes stacked at least six feet high in the tractor-trailer.
The weed was vacuum sealed in plastic bags in the cardboard boxes. Authorities have valued the haul at $3.5 million. In addition to the sea of cannabis seized, officers also found $200,000 to $300,000 in stacked cash inside the three vehicles. The six men arrested face drug charges and are due to be arraigned in Queens Criminal Court, today.