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Suspect indicted for 30-year-old heroin trafficking conspiracy arrested after routine traffic stop

September 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Suspect indicted for 30-year-old heroin trafficking conspiracy arrested after routine traffic stop

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A routine traffic stop in New Jersey led to the apprehension of a Manhattan man indicted for a heroin trafficking conspiracy almost 30 years ago on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors said 52-year-old Hanson Wong appeared for his arraignment before a shocked U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom in Brooklyn Federal Court on charges listed in the decades-old case.

Bloom expressed her bewilderment during the court proceeding at the case, “I have no idea how this could happen, I thought it was a time warp when I saw this indictment.”

Wong allegedly led a five-man drug trafficking crew which participated in a conspiracy to import heroin from Bangkok into the United States, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Edelman.

Court records indicate two of Wong’s co-conspirators were convicted and sent to prison. Federal prosecutors are scratching their heads regarding how Wong managed to fall through the cracks.

An outstanding warrant popped up for Wong’s arrest during Tuesday’s traffic stop in New Jersey, the New York Daily News reported.

Officials said that between 1995 and 2005, Wong was arrested three more times but managed to elude prosecution in those cases by using aliases and phony social security numbers.

Wong’s attorney Sam Jacobson denied his client was on the lam or was hiding and claimed he was living in the same Chinatown apartment he’d lived in since the 1980s.

Additionally, Jacobson said his client’s trucking company is also listed under his name.

Wong entered a not guilty plea in court and posted $150,000 bond. As a condition of his bail package, he is required to wear an electronic monitoring device at all times while he remains free on bond.

Jacobson said he planned to file a motion for a dismissal of the charges because of the length of time that has passed since the 30-year indictment for the heroin trafficking conspiracy was first unsealed.

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