A Mexio-based drug trafficking ring was busted on Saturday that was going from Texas to New York. Federal law enforcement officers busted three people, Jorge Pizarro, the ring leader, along with his two partners Nelson Dejesus and Miguel Angelez. In addition to seizing three kilos of heroin, they found $4.1 million in cash. The three were arrested at a Bronx Secure Self Storage facility, where they found the heroin hidden inside secret compartments in furniture and the floor.
This denies Mexican drug cartels from millions of dollars of profit and is a fantastic hit where it hurts marking a huge success by DEA officials. Large amounts of heroin and cash have been moving from Texas to New York, hidden inside furniture.
During the Saturday operation, the DETF team seized 3 kilos of heroin along with a total of $4.15 million in cash.
After obtaining search warrants, the team conducted additional searches on the U-Haul and Caravan seized on the night of the initial arrest, officials explained. A search of the U-Haul revealed three pieces of wooden furniture. Compartments in the furniture contained $3.4 million in cash. The search of the Caravan revealed a secret compartment in the floor. The compartment was empty, but officials found a bottle of fox urine. Smugglers use fox urine to throw of K-9’s in the event of a cursory search.
Officials have not yet arrested the owner of the Caravan. That person also allegedly rented the U-Haul found at the scene.
During a search of the self-storage unit, the team discovered more than six pounds of heroin in a nightstand. A second nightstand contained $750,000 in cash. The officers found the bounty in hidden compartments in the nightstands.
“Drug traffickers hid in plain sight carting drug and money-laden furniture cross country. This isn’t the first time drug traffickers have used ingenious methods to smuggle drugs, but it was a well-planned scheme,” Special Agent in Charge Hunt stated. “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 the contents with repellant to ward off police K-9 units.”