Federal authorities working with New York State and local law enforcement agencies have succeeded in punching a hole in a major Mexican drug pipeline to Long Island after arresting a pair of New York City traffickers responsible for supplying cocaine, heroin and other narcotics throughout the Northeast.
The pair, Guillermo Esteban Margarin, 38, and Edualin Tapia, 28 of the Bronx were taken into custody Friday following a 6-month investigation. Also seized during the raid were 53 lbs of heroin (street value $11 million) and 20 lb of cocaine bound for Connecticut, as well as several firearms and about $85,000 in cash. The drugs were discovered in apartments in both the Bronx and Hartford.
Demand for heroin has risen dramatically in the region ever since authorities began cracking down on prescriptions for opoid pain killers, and has led to an epidemic of overdoses with more than 220 reported on Long Island over the past 2 years. According to New York City special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget Brennan, authorities believe the drugs are being smuggled into the area by a number of the most “notorious and feared” cartels including the Juarez, Sinaloa, and Gulf organizations.