News

DA: Three Indicted In Bronx-Riverhead Cocaine Ring

(photo via Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

(photo via Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A drug ring that ran weekly deliveries of up to three kilos of cocaine from Bronx to Riverhead has been busted, authorities said.

An indictment will be unsealed Tuesday charging alleged ringleaders Robert Love, 58, of Riverhead, and Miguel Matos, of the Bronx, 45.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

Matos’ son-in-law, 22-year-old Radames “Ray” Melendez, has also been indicted. He is accused of running the cocaine to Riverhead and picking up cash on delivery.

Detectives seized 13 cars, three of which contained hidden traps that were used to store cocaine and cash, District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Spota described them as being like James Bond vehicles.

The electronic traps were opened by pressing air conditioning, hazard light or windshield wiper buttons in sequence, Spota said.

“You would have to do a few things in succession. Turn the radio on. Turn the rear defroster on then you would use a lever, like say the rear window lever. So, that would open and close the actual trap,” an investigator said.

Bible found in one of the cars (photo via Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Bible found in one of the cars (photo via Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

The arrests come following an investigation that began last November.

Since they were arrested under the drug kingpin law, they face life in prison if convicted.