Following a six-month joint investigation, the DEA in cooperation with the NYPD arrested two Bronx residents moving an estimated $11 million worth of heroin clearly visible in open boxes in their car while driving from New York City to Hartford, Conn. In addition to the 50 boxes of smack, authorities also seized 10 kilos of cocaine, 200 Molly pills, several vehicles, $85,000 in cash, two assault weapons and a hand gun. What’s being described as the “biggest drug bust of 2014” went down Friday as Guillermo Esteban Margarin, 33, and Edualin Tapia, 28, were in the process of driving the drugs from New York City to Connecticut.
On May 19, Newsday reported that Margarin and Tapia are part of the drug network “responsible for supplying heroin, cocaine, and other narcotics throughout the Northeast.” Officials say that this bust is going to seriously hurt the cartels responsible for sending their drugs from Mexico to New York City from where they’re ultimately delivered to final destinations throughout the greater Northeast.
"These seizures and arrests demonstrate that New York City is ground zero of heroin distribution networks supplying the Northeast, as well as being the prime market Mexican drug traffickers are using to earn profit from the sale of poison," Drug Enforcement Agency acting Special Agent in Charge James Hunt said.
The two Bronx men arrested on Friday are currently being held in Connecticut where they’re awaiting extradition back to New York. Both Margarin and Tapia have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Bridget Brennan, New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor, said "These arrests cut a pipeline moving huge amounts of heroin from New York City to the Northeast."
Authorities believe the drugs were smuggled from Mexico -- the primary source of Long Island heroin. The most notorious and feared Mexican drug organizations -- including the Sinaloa, Gulf and Juarez cartels -- are among the primary traffickers of heroin sold in New York State, authorities said
NBC News in New York reported that the drug operation headquarters in the Bronx was located in two apartments, one on Orloff Avenue and one on Patterson Avenue. Officials also located a storage facility on Zerega Avenue that was also connected to the alleged drug operation. Agents taking down the Hartford location where Margarin and Tapia were headed came across suspects “trying to pour heroin down a sink in an effort to avoid arrest.”
“These seizures and arrests demonstrate that NYC is ground zero of heroin distribution networks supplying the Northeast, as well as being the prime market Mexican drug traffickers are using to earn profit from the sale of poison,” added DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge James Hunt.