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Feds: Drug trafficking family used commerical flights to smuggle heroin, cocaine from Arizona to New York

October 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Drug trafficking family used commerical flights to smuggle heroin, cocaine from Arizona to New York

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A total of 17 members of a drug trafficking family were taken into custody for directing a major national drug trafficking operation spanning from Arizona to New York.

The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office revealed that the traffickers “pumped huge quantities” of heroin and cocaine into New York and other areas of the country by sending the drugs from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona to JFK Airport, NBC New York reported.

Once they arrived in New York, the traffickers reportedly stashed the drugs in trap houses in Queens and Nassau County before disseminating it along the Atlantic coast.

In sum, the drug trafficking family distributed the narcotics to hubs in Long Island, Upstate New York, New York City, Chicago, Maryland, Virginia, and Maine.

District Attorney Madeline Singas noted that the bust was a “massive takedown that dismantled a multi-state, cross-country drug trafficking enterprise that pumped huge quantities of cocaine and heroin into our communities and the northeast.”

Prosecutors said Kervin Etienne, 37, Lyonel Beaubren, 41, along with another family member, led the drug operation. Their families live wealthy lifestyles in Long Island, New York.

In total, detectives seized $190,000 in cash, 5.5 kilos of cocaine, 4 ounces of heroin, two firearms with the serial numbers scratched off, a Richard Millie watch, a Porsche, a BMW, a Mercedes, money counters, packaging equipment, and kilogram presses.

Beaubren, considered to be the head of the drug operation, is facing 25 years or life behind bars on felony charges.

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