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NY's biggest EVER drug busts: Pair stopped with 14MILLION worth of heroin while circling snowy NY streets in a MONSTER TRUCK looking for a parking spot

Guatemalan 'drug dealers' busted with $14M in heroin in New York

  • Peter Omar Garcia-Romero and Jose Guadencio Lantan-Vela were arrested in Elmurst, Queens, New York, on Tuesday
  • They were circling the snowy streets looking for parking spots in a silver pickup and a blue 'monster truck' with massive tires
  • At 8.45pm, officials approached the vehicles and the men, who then gave conflicting stories, officials said
  • A trained search dog found the 100 pounds of heroin hidden inside an old drive shaft and axle casings that were laying the bed of the silver truck
  • It is believed to have an estimated black market worth of $14million
  • The area in Elmhurst was under surveillance by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Division, the NYPD and State Police at the time 

Two alleged drug dealers from Guatemala were arrested in New York on Tuesday after authorities found 100 pounds of heroin worth $14million in their pickup trucks. 

Peter Omar Garcia-Romero and Jose Guadencio Lantan-Vela were busted as they circled snow-covered blocks of Queens looking for parking spots in two separate trucks - a silver pickup and a blue 'monster truck' with massive tires.

The vehicles were first spotted at about 8pm, driving slowly and circling the blocks several times. Both vehicles had North Carolina plates and one was unregistered, officials said. 

At 8.45pm, officials approached the vehicles, identified themselves, and eventually took the men into custody after discovering the heroin.

Two alleged drug dealers from Guatemala were arrested in Queens, New York, after 100 pounds of heroin was found in one of their two pickup trucks

Two alleged drug dealers from Guatemala were arrested in Queens, New York, after 100 pounds of heroin was found in one of their two pickup trucks

The men were pulled over in Elmhurst after circling the snowy streets looking for a parking spot for more than an hour
A trained sniffer dog found heroin packed inside an old drive shaft and axle casings that were laying the bed of the silver truck

The men were pulled over in Elmhurst after circling the snowy streets looking for a parking spot for more than an hour. A trained sniffer dog found heroin packed inside an old drive shaft and axle casings that were laying the bed of the silver truck

The area in Elmhurst was under surveillance by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Division, the NYPD and State Police at the time 'as part of an ongoing investigation into heroin distribution organizations operating in the Northeast region of the United States' a statement from the organizations said. 

The men gave inconsistent statements, said Erin Mulvey, spokeswoman for the New York Division of the DEA, according to the New York Post.

'It was a monster pickup truck driving around the streets of queens looking for a place to park in the snow, so it really stood out,' Mulvey said. 'The two trucks kept going around and around in the same area.' 

A Port Authority trained search dog found the 100 pounds of heroin hidden inside an old drive shaft and axle casings that were laying the bed of the silver truck, officials told the Post.

The men were arrested and the trucks were taken to DEA's Manhattan headquarters and a New York State Search Warrant was obtained for each truck after the incident. The men face charges of conspiracy and criminal possession of a controlled substance

The men were arrested and the trucks were taken to DEA's Manhattan headquarters and a New York State Search Warrant was obtained for each truck after the incident. The men face charges of conspiracy and criminal possession of a controlled substance

The heroin had been packaged in squares to fit in the drive shaft and round shapes to fit inside the axle casings. 

The vehicles were taken to DEA's Manhattan headquarters and a New York State Search Warrant was obtained for each truck, according to ABC 7.

The heroin is believed to have an estimated black market of $14million, officials said. 

'It's one of the biggest heroin seizes ever in the City of New York,' DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt said, CBS New York reported.

Garcia-Romero and Lantan-Vela, both Guatemalan nativs, were taken into custody and face charges of conspiracy and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Comment by scott cheers on January 31, 2016 at 6:53pm

hopefully whoever snitched will be silenced permanently also

Comment by tori otto on January 31, 2016 at 8:46am
Good, I'm glad they got busted. Scum
Comment by scott cheers on January 30, 2016 at 10:20pm

THEY WERE DEFINITLY SET UP. SINCE WHEN IS IT A CRIME TO DRIVE AROUND THE BLOCK LOOKING FOR PARKING? SOME WHITE SON OF A B**** SET THEM UP, PROBABLY A COP OR DEA AGENT OR ATF WHO ALSO SELL DRUGS AND BRING INTO THIS COUNTRY.. THEY ARE NOT SLICK SCREW THEM.

Comment by sace thompson on January 30, 2016 at 1:39pm
Set up
Comment by sace thompson on January 30, 2016 at 1:39pm
Open u u eyes and memba Bujumbura how him did get suck in
Comment by Eddie elie on January 28, 2016 at 11:12pm
Those dudes done off. They never gonna see light again.
Comment by lynz on January 28, 2016 at 8:10pm
I agree with you @The Future. Either that or someone snitched, big time! Either way, It was a set up!!
Comment by The Future on January 28, 2016 at 2:06pm
Man that was a setup, the USA are the biggest drug dealers there are, and the bumbling keystone cops NYPD, damn sure ain't that smart. 14 million worth, hell no, they set that up, acting like there doing there job. What the hell you stop them for, riding around looking for parking, n**** Please!!!!!! !!!!!! BULLS**T! SET UP.....
Comment by GospelPan on January 28, 2016 at 1:46pm
They were probably under surveillance, the fact that they had dogs there hints at that.

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