NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The alleged ringleader and 10 members of a drug trafficking organization have been arrested.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, the reputed kingpin, Carlos Medina, served nearly 20 years in prison after being convicted on federal drug charges in 1986. Medina was arrested at his home in Yonkers on Thursday morning and has been indicted on multiple counts of conspiracy, criminal sale of a controlled substance and attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. More charges could follow.
A yearlong wiretap investigation revealed that Medina, who was still on parole, routinely drove from his former home in Queens to the Bronx and Manhattan, picking up drugs and meeting with customers along the way, prosecutors said. A search of a stash house in the Bronx turned up two loaded guns and a large supply of cocaine concealed in a hidden trap in a Jacuzzi, authorities said. More cocaine was found near a pigeon coop on the roof, according to authorities. Police also found $40,000 in cash and a drug ledger in Medina’s home, prosecutors said.