Jose Mauro Mota, believed to be a major supplier of narcotics on the Eastern seaboard, was arrested in 2011 at the Vince Lombardi service area off I-95 in New Jersey.
Authorities said that 30 pounds of heroin and $835,000 in cash were recovered during a wire-tap investigation that began last year.
A lead defendant, Ralph Ben Cotto was held without bail and charged as a major trafficker under the state’s drug kingpin law, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the successful drug trade at the store also led to violence.
The Murda Moore Gangstas allegedly controlled the area in and around the Moore Housing Projects. Those arrested have been charged with racketeering, drugs and weapons offenses.
The top executive of a Manhattan-based Bitcoin company and a Florida Bitcoin exchanger have been charged with conspiring to commit money laundering by selling more than $1 million in Bitcoins to users of the black market website Silk Road, which let users buy illegal drugs anonymously, authorities said Monday.
Carlos Medina, 59, was arraigned Friday following his arrest on a number of narcotics possession and dealing charges. Medina spent nearly 25 years locked up on a federal conviction.
More than $35,000 in marijuana, four guns and $21,000 in cash were seized, along with two pit bulls and a large python. The drugs and cash were found at the dealing site in Harlem and at the men’s apartments in the Bronx.
Jason Teneyck, 36, is the last of six defendants to be sentenced as part of a drug and gun trafficking ring with an unusual cast of characters.
According to police, the couple had just taken their 4-year-old daughter into Westchester County to purchase 72 glassine envelopes of heroin for resale in Fairfield County.
Alessandro Tallone of the Rizzuto organized crime family based in Montreal is one of ten members of that branch of La Cosa Nostra charged with trafficking over $1 billion worth of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy into the U.S.
Narcotics investigators allege Dr. Hector Castro’s medical office on East 16th Street was at the heart of two major schemes to peddle millions of highly-addictive oxycodone pills across several states.
New York authorities say they’ve shut down a prescription drug ring that made more than $80,000 in illegal sales.
Authorities say they launched their investigation after members of the community registerd numerous complaints about “widespread drug dealing and violence, including shootings and robberies” in the area.
Authorities say they turned up more than six kilos of cocaine in a hidden compartment inside a dresser with a false back, and another two kilos were found in an oven.