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Cops: NYC drug dealers posed as Uber drivers to avoid police detection

May 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cops: NYC drug dealers posed as Uber drivers to avoid police detection

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Bronx and Manhattan-based drug dealers have been portraying themselves as Uber drivers — complete with bogus logos and stickers — so they won’t appear suspect while waiting for clients.

On Tuesday, at least four suspects were busted for using the phony disguises in their vehicles to keep police from noticing them as they sell cocaine and heroin.

Dibanny Cortorreal-Marte, 37; Oscar Tejeda-Almonte, 31; Miguel la-Paz Lugo, 37; and Selena Santos, 22, were all taken into custody as part of what police named: Operation “Uber Connect.”

The DEA Strike Force arrested the individuals, and they were arraigned on Tuesday night, the New Yok Post reported.

Drug dealers used cars to look like Uber, with logos and stickers to avoid detection

Officials said two additional dealers were busted last week as part of the investigation.

One of them — Alfredo Tejada-Almonte, 34 — is believed to be the head of the Uber dealers, with his bail being established at $150,000.

The drug ring purportedly served more than 100 customers, with the number of sales being extremely high.

As business increased, police said the crew continued to use the Uber logos — placing them in the front windshields of their cars, in the same spot where real drivers are required to post them.

The fake stickers helped the dealers conceal themselves as they dealt their product in the Bronx and upper Manhattan,

The individuals arrested Tuesday were reportedly caught with a kilo of cocaine and over $22,000 in cash. Police also confiscated at least five cars.

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