Authorities: Drug Trafficker Had $1 Million Worth Of Cocaine In Bronx Home
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An alleged major drug trafficker in the Bronx has been indicted.
As WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell reported, Juan Rojas, 30, was home with his girlfriend Sept. 26 when agents arrived at his Fieldston apartment, next to the elite prep school Horace Mann. Authorities said they seized more than 68 pounds of cocaine with a street value of more than $1 million. Investigators also found $1.6 million in cash and two loaded semi-automatic pistols stashed under a bed, law enforcement officials said.
Investigators believe Rojas each month was trafficking about 50 kilos of cocaine — a street value of about $50,000.
Authorities said the cocaine was hidden in a closet wrapped in cellophane, some of the kilos covered in grease — a common tactic to conceal the scent from drug-sniffing dogs.
“It was really a very significant arrest,” said Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, told Cornell.
“It was a large seizure in a very unlikely location.”
The charges against Rojas include criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon. He has been held without bail since his arrest and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
Rojas’ girlfriend, Ana Then, 20, pleaded guilty Oct. 9 to a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation for keeping the apartment in her name. She is expected to receive probation, authorities said.
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