A former New York City taxi driver was found to have ten pounds of methamphetamine in the trunk of the borrowed car that he was driving on Jan. 19.
The driver of the car was 42-year-old Gerardo Camilo-Nolasco, reported acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo. Camilo-Nolasco was driving through Fort lee, New Jersey, when he was pulled over by a team from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office as part of a New Jersey narcotics investigation. The investigation is led by Chief Detective Robert Anzilotti.
The substance was believed to be crystal methamphetamine, although this has yet to confirmed by laboratory tests. If it is, as agents suspect, the illegal drug methamphetamine, its street value would have been be upwards of $800,000.
The officers also found four grams of cocaine in the car.
According to NJ.com, the car belonged to a friend of Camilo-Nolasco.
Camilo-Nelasco, from the Bronx, New York., held a taxi license in New York City, but it expired in 2011, a spokesperson for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission told NJ.com.
He applied for a new license in 2015 but his application was rejected.
This is the second major methamphetamine bust in the area in the past six months.
On Aug. 29, 2017, a group of officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York City Police Department (NYPD), Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested five men who were trying to smuggle methamphetamine cast into 1,300 pounds of wax candles.
Undercover officers infiltrated the operation and the various agencies made the arrest in a warehouse in New Jersey where the gang was planning to convert the candles back into crystal meth.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “As alleged, the defendants worked to distribute a massive quantities of methamphetamine, concealed in wax candles. As creative as these defendants were, allegedly hiding dangerous drugs in a common household item, law enforcement was on top of this newest scheme.”
The officers arrested Agustin Zamora-Vega, also known as “Julio Cesar,” Orlando Alcantara, Cindy Carrillo, Santos Minjarez, and Jose Luis Gonzalez-Solis, and charged them each with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams and more of mixtures and substances containing methamphetamine. This charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
Massive MS-13 Arrest
On Thursday, Jan. 11, law enforcement made another arrest dealing a blow to drug traffickers in the New York area and beyond. Following a seven-month joint investigation by the DEA and the Nassau District Attorney’s office, 17 suspected MS-13 gang members were arraigned in Long Island’s Nassau County Court on charges ranging from drug trafficking to murder.
“We prevented murders and assaults and took down the alleged kingpin of MS-13 for the entire Eastern region of the United States,” Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said at a news conference.
One million dollars worth of heroin was seized in that series of arrests.