JammedUp News


Authorities in NYC make single biggest heroin seizure in city’s history

January 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities in NYC make single biggest heroin seizure in city’s history

Are you in a legal jam? Find a Lawyer, Bail Bondsman or Private Investigator on JammedUp.

Officials with the NYPD have announced the single biggest heroin seizure in New York City history, on Tuesday.

Police say the heroin seizure, worth millions, was made after federal and local law enforcement officers noticed two suspicious large trucks circling a New York City neighborhood.

Investigators found hidden in the bed of a pickup truck 100 pounds of heroin – with an estimated street value of $14 million worth –

“It’s one of the biggest heroin seizes ever in the City of New York,” DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

DEA Agents and officers from the New York Police Department were investigating heroin distribution in the area around 8 p.m. when they witnessed two pickup trucks both with North Carolina license plates, circling the block.

Officers pulled over the trucks; a drug-sniffing dog picked up the presence of narcotics in one of the vehicles.

Prosecutors have charged the two men who drove the trucks, identified as 33-year-old Peter Omar Garcia-Romero, 33, and 65-year-old Jose Guadencio Lantan-Vela, 65, with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The two suspects are Guatemalan nationals; Garcia Romero lived in North Carolina; Lantan Vela just recently came to the U.S. using a travel visa on January 15th.

Authorities took both trucks, including a trailer one of the vehicles had towed to the DEA’s Manhattan headquarters, where investigators executed a New York State Search Warrant.

Officials said heroin was discovered stashed in the casing of the car axle located in the bed of the silver pick-up truck. The axle was dissembled in three parts, and the heroin was found in the axle and the drive shaft casings.

The heroin was pressed into round shapes to fit in the axle casing and packaged in square shapes to fit in the drive shaft.

Get the latest news from the world of crime