Feds seize $3 million in Heroin, Fentanyl in Central Park bust

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 8, 2017

Authorities arrested four men, including an Uber driver, and seized nearly 20 pounds of heroin and fentanyl on August 4, 2017.

Federal and local investigators seized more than $3 million in heroin and fentanyl, some of which was packaged in bags stamped with the Uber name a logo, after busting a crew operating out of the Upper West Side, officials said. Officers followed and then stopped the Honda, finding Rodriguez in the back seat of the auto with an open box with cylinders of powder.

Investigators were watching the building on August 4 when they saw David Rodriguez leave with two boxes inside a white shopping bag, the NY special narcotics prosecutor's office said.

They found large cylindrical packages containing a "tan powdery substance" inside the boxes, which they suspect was a combination of heroin and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is about 50 times stronger than heroin, prosecutors said. They say that Perez-Cabral admitted to having a gun and drugs in the apartment.

Officials also found a.25 caliber Beretta pistol stuffed in between two couch cushions inside the apartment and $30,000 in cash.

An Uber driver was busted for ferrying street-grade fentanyl and heroin in his black Honda Accord for a narcotics trafficking ring, authorities said Monday.

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Rodriguez and the driver were both arrested.

Back at the building, federal agents and NYPD officers say Jesus Perez-Cabral and Johnny Beltrez left the building and stopped the pair.

"These individuals are alleged to be transporting close to 20 pounds of the highly addictive drugs of fentanyl and heroin, valued in the millions, through our city streets", said Angel Melendez, special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in NY, in a statement.

James Hunt, the DEA Special Agent in Charge, called fentanyl the deadliest drug to ever hit the streets of the country. It's driving a spike in fatal overdoses, which reached an all-time high of 1,374 deaths in New York City in 2016 - a 46-percent increase over 2015, according to NYC health data.

The four suspects were arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday; bail was set for Perez-Cabral at $100,000, for David Rodriguez at $200,000, for Beltrez at $10,000 and for Richard Rodriguez at $1,000.

"This seizure alone contains enough potency to kill half of the population of New York City, if laboratory analysis proves it is all fentanyl", he said.

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