NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two men have been indicted on charges they tried to smuggle more than $3 million worth of heroin from Chicago to New York inside tomato boxes.
Abel Abad and David Collazo were arrested on May 1. Both were charged with conspiracy and criminal possession of a controlled substance.READ MORE: FBI Says Body Found In Grand Teton National Park Believed To Be Gabby Petito
Authorities said the men were pulled over in Manhattan, where police found a cardboard box in the backseat containing more than four pounds of heroin.READ MORE: Public School 79 In East Harlem To Remain Closed Due To COVID-19 Cluster; Remote Learning In Place Until Sept. 28
Investigators later discovered 18 pounds of the drug inside tomato boxes with fake bottoms that were found in a U-Haul the men had been driving, authorities said.MORE NEWS: NYC Restaurant Owners Sound Off On Vaccine Mandate
Authorities said the heroin was packed into the boxes in Chicago before making its way to New York, where it was headed to a customer in the Bronx.