Published on June 28th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Drug Enforcement Task Force Surveillance Leads to Heroin Seizure
Surveillance of a possible drug transaction location was conducted on June 12 by a team from the DEA‘s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force that is comprised of DEA special agents, NYPD detectives, New York State Police and Special Narcotics Prosecutors Office investigators. Agents and investigators observed three individuals carrying a white weighted down bag exit 181 W. 238th Street and scan the area. The surveillance team observed the three individuals enter a black Acura bearing Pennsylvania license plates and drive southbound on Bailey Avenue.
Based on observations and information developed during the investigation, officers stopped the vehicle and saw the white bag in the backseat which had approximately $130,000 inside. At that time, agents and officers arrested three individuals in the vehicle; Carlos Castillo, Bladimar Ramirez-Ramirez, and Adalberto Cotts-Perz. Later that evening, a search warrant was obtained by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and executed at 181 W. 238th St. Apt. #25, Bronx, NY where 11 kilograms (24 pounds) of heroin and wholesale processing equipment seized.
Brian R. Crowell said, “Heroin traffickers are the top priority for DEA in New York. Their greed is fueled in part by those that become addicted to diverted pain pills, and it’s the heroin and pain pills sold in the illegal drug market causing the most harm to New Yorkers. The first destination for bulk heroin in the NYC area, which is what we seized last night, is the first link along a long distribution chain where the bulk heroin is cut and packaged for wholesale which is sold to the next level heroin distributor in the chain. I commend the men and women of the NYPD, NYSP, SNC and DEA who put this dangerous operation, in the act of preparing $8 million worth of heroin destined for distribution on our streets, completely out of business.”
Raymond W. Kelly said, “NYPD detectives work diligently to interrupt drug trafficking and the dangers it imposes on the law-abiding public. I commend all the members of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force for not relenting in their mission to preserve safety for residents of the Bronx in this case and elsewhere, every day.”
Joseph A. D’Amico said, “A significant amount of heroin will not make it onto the streets as a result of the hard work and dedication of our law enforcement partners. New York State Police Investigators and Troopers, working collaboratively with the Drug Enforcement Administration, New York City Police Department and The New York City Office of The Special Narcotics Prosecutor, used surveillance techniques to identify these dangerous individuals, pinpoint their drug activity and put a stop to their drug operation. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to intercept this type of illegal activity to make sure these types of criminals get the message that this will not be tolerated in our communities.”
The charges and allegations are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Source: justice.gov “Drug Enforcement Task Force Surveillance Leads to Heroin Seizure ,” June 28, 2013.