For as long as drugs and narcotics have been illegal, people have tried to hide, smuggle and sneak drugs into the most random, weird and obscure places, but this story might take the cake for the best interestingly funny “hiding spot” of them all.
This month, police busted an alleged drug ring in New York City that preferred to move their cocaine wrapped up like children’s birthday gifts alongside stuffed Minions and Frozen toys. 24-year-old Harlem resident, Albert Fortosa is accused of accepting a package that contained a few kilos of coke wrapped like birthday presents. Prosecutors are concluding that he is a principal in the operation after police intercepted five packages of yayo on their way to him from Puerto Rico with and estimated street value of $225,000.
As reported by our friends at the Gothamist:
More arrests followed on August 4th, concluding a wiretap investigation that had been ongoing since September 2014. Daniel Reyes, 26, allegedly runs a drug delivery service in Bushwick that sells heroin, MDMA, and Xanax in addition to cocaine; Derek Santana, 25, of Boerum Hill, is believed to have sold drugs regularly at clubs in Brooklyn and Manhattan; Joseph Owens, 44, of Harlem, allegedly worked closely with Fortosa. Over the course of the investigation, the men allegedly sold more than $41,000 worth of drugs to undercover officers from the NYPD’s Vice Squad on 20 different occasions, in Brooklyn and on the Lower East Side.
This is actually a pretty funny story, but at the same time, you can’t knock the hustle. For more on the story click here.
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