Federal agents busted a multimillion-dollar drug operation that hid cash and heroin in wooden furniture. Three men were arrested for their alleged role in the drug ring following a raid in the Bronx neighborhood of New York. They are now facing multiple drug possession charges.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) found a large collection of furniture in a storage unit and nearby U-Haul truck. Upon further investigation, they discovered more than six pounds of heroin and $4.1 million in cash hidden inside furniture compartments.
According to the authorities, DEA and HSI agents tracked monthly furniture shipments to and from a Bronx storage facility. They found that the three suspects allegedly ran a narcotics operation that spanned several states. The heroin was imported from a Mexico drug cartel. It was then shipped from Texas for sale in New York and Massachusetts.
The three defendants allegedly used bottled fox urine in an attempt to hide the smell of the drugs. They denied any wrongdoing after being charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in Manhattan Criminal Court.
“The organization thought of every detail, from adding a tricycle to their stash of furniture in order to appear like a relocating family, to spraying contents with repellent to ward off police K-9 units,” said New York DEA Director James Hunt.
Drug possession charges are serious. It is important to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight such allegations.