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New York DEA agents concluded a months-long investigation last week, seizing about 28 pounds of suspected heroin – with an estimated market value of around $ 4 million – and three guns in a drug stash in the North Riverdale section of the Bronx on Thursday.
Harris Wilson Sanchez, 54, and Hinguenbert Deleon, 36, were arrested after escaping arrest when officials from the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad in New York City carried out a court-authorized search in a third-floor apartment at 5775 Mosholu Ave., and salvaged 12 brick-shaped packages. and a cylindrical package of a storage container in a bedroom closet.
Both were arrested upon their return to the scene at 6 p.m. and were brought to justice in Manhattan Criminal Court over the weekend. Sanchez had a pending US Marshals Service warrant dating from 2013.
The men left and DEA members followed, and when officers attempted to stop the SUV, the vehicle sped away.
According to the police, the duo returned to the area shortly after 6 p.m. members of the Tactical Diversion Squad placed the two men under arrest. Also in the closet was a metal case containing three pistols, one of which was loaded.
Agents and officers recovered a silver counter and more than 200 rounds of ammunition of various calibers from the chamber. A one-kilogram press, used in the packaging of narcotics, was also found in the apartment, along with a small amount of alleged cocaine and cash.
New York City Special Narcotics Attorney Bridget G. Brennan told The Bronx Times on Monday that the number of firearms and ammunition found in the seizure is a worrying trend in recent stops.
“Historically, we don’t see guns as often when we have a seizure of this magnitude,” she said. “This suggests that they may have needed protection, but the range of ammunition found has been noticed as a new trend in these areas.”
As New York City officials continue to address gun safety and the prevalence of gun violence in the five boroughs, Brennan said a growing effect of who arms and who the source of the firearms has been the focus of law enforcement efforts.
“There are a lot more guns on the streets, but understanding where they are coming from is one of the questions investigators and law enforcement are still trying to figure out,” she said. . “The more people are armed, the more people feel they need to be armed to protect themselves, which creates an escalating effect.”
In the hours leading up to the court-authorized search, officers and agents were conducting surveillance near the six-story residential building and surveillance teams observed Sanchez, carrying a bag and entering a Volkswagen Touareg SUV 2021 around 3 p.m. Deleon was already inside the vehicle, and officers and officers recognized the couple after more than a month of prior surveillance, during which the men were seen entering and exiting the building.
“Illegal drugs continue to threaten lives at an unprecedented rate,” said DEA special agent Ray Donovan. “As firearms are continually recovered in our investigations, it is evident that gun violence and drug trafficking are two threats to public safety that go hand in hand. I applaud the New York Office of the Special Attorney Narcotics and the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad-New York for their hard work in making our streets safer.
While North Riverdale – an area of the Bronx with crime rates 49% below the national average – is not considered a regular area for drug seizures like these, Brennan said there are a tactical item at a hideout in relatively safe communities.
“We find that people who traffic a large amount of drugs like this are intelligent and always seek to evade detection by any means possible,” she said. “In this case, they may see Riverdale as a safer community with little police activity or may also seek to move away from people who are interested in stealing a product worth $ 4 million from them.”
The results of the DEA narcotics laboratory analysis in this case are pending.
Contact Robbie Sequeira at [email protected] or (718) 260-4599. For more coverage, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @bronxtimes.