Three alleged drug traffickers were busted after federal agents found $12 million worth of heroin when federal agents raided a Manhattan operation that supplied Long Island and other states, authorities said.
Pablo Paulino of Manhattan, Pedro Abreu of the Bronx and Janeison Garcia of Florida were each charged in Manhattan federal court with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents from the agency’s LI division joined special narcotics investigators in executing the search warrant Monday at the suspect’s stash house in Washington Heights—an upper Manhattan location that offered easy access to LI and distribution points suspected of extending as far as Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Agents had watched the suspects carrying bags out of the Wadsworth Avenue apartment before arresting Paulino and Garcia in a taxi before arresting Garcia inside the apartment, where authorities said they also found $120,000 cash.
Authorities said they found 44 pounds of heroin worth $12 million and 17 pounds of crystal meth with a street value of $500,000 in the apartment, which was equipped with a high-tech surveillance system.
Bricks of the drugs were allegedly found hidden in hidden traps in the bathroom, kitchen cabinet, between matresses and an entertainment center. Packaging materials used to compress kilos into brick form were also found, the DEA said.
Abreau and Paulino were ordered held without bail and bail for Garcia was set at $250,000.