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Alleged Drug Trafficking Ringleader Carlos Medina Ordered Held Without Bail

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A big-time drug dealer in the 1970s and 80s is being held without bail on his latest drug trafficking arrest.

Carlos Medina, 59, was arraigned Friday following his arrest on a number of narcotics possession and dealing charges.

As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, Medina spent nearly 25 years locked up on a federal conviction.

When he got out of prison, prosecutors say he proceeded to launch another major narcotics trafficking operation dealing heroin and cocaine in Manhattan and Connecticut.

A search of a Bronx stash house turned up large amounts of cocaine hidden in a trap inside a hot tub and near a pigeon coop on the roof, prosecutors said. Two loaded guns were also found in the hot tub stash spot.

New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said Medina even tried to pressure and undercover detective into selling narcotics for him. The undercover cop was given $36,000 worth of heroin to sell, prosecutors said.

Medina allegedly told the detective “now you work for me.” His arrest soon followed, Cornell reported.

Medina and 10 others were arrested on drug trafficking charges on Thursday.

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