After being sentenced to life in prison this week, Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín el Chapo Guzmán is back in the news. Federal authorities announced Friday that they confiscated a shipment of heroin stamped with El Chapo's brand valued by authorities, three suspects were arrested in the Bronx with the intercepted merchandise.
"The successful investigation announced today, intercepted the flow of millions of dollars of heroin into our city and region," the prosecutor for the special narcotics unit, Bridget G. Brennan, said in a statement. "Reducing the supply of deadly addictive narcotics remains our most effective prevention tool."
The three detained individuals were reportedly being monitored by the drug agency in the Wallace Avenue area of the Bronx.
As a result of that surveillance, on July 16, Luis Carmona-Llarraza was identified, who placed a suspicious black bag in the back of a Toyota Corolla car. When officers stopped the car, they found 70,000 crystalline ballots inside the bag, which led to his arrest, according to authorities.
The following day, a man who was later identified as Joseph Medina-Hidalgo handed over a suitcase to an apparent associate, named Amaury Lora-Grullon, who was found to have more than 17,000 heroin slips.
Authorities also seized three kilograms and 17,000 heroin slips ready to distribute in New York and other areas in the northeast of the country, according to reports.
Among the confiscated material, authorities found 47 stamps used to stamp the packages with the El Chapo, Dunkin Donuts, Rolex, NBA and Superman logos.
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