Police seized eight kilograms of heroin worth several million dollars and arrested two suspects as part of a joint investigation with the DEA in Westchester.
On Monday, Jan 14, members of the Yonkers Police Department Narcotics Unit and the DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force Group T-12 conducted a narcotics interdiction in the area of Central Park Avenue north of Palmer Road resulting in the seizure of the approximately eight kilos of alleged heroin and the arrest of a man and woman for felony drug possession.
According to Yonkers Police Sgt. Deane Politopoulos, investigators were conducting surveillance on Central Park Avenue when they stopped a rented car occupied by Michigan residents Javier and Olga Lozano. Investigation at the scene by a police canine led to a search warrant and the discovery of eight separately wrapped packages of heroin.
Both Lozanos were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and remanded to the Westchester County Jail without bail. According to Politopoulos, the recovered heroin “as-is constitutes approximately 200,000 individual decks with a street value in the millions.
“Working together with our Federal, State, and Local partners, the Yonkers Police Department is committed to removing dangerous drugs from our communities,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated. “Seizing this heroin will no doubt save lives and these arrests send a clear message to those who would traffick drugs through our City: you will get caught, you will get arrested, and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
“The rampant use of opioids brings illicit profit-making opportunities to dealers everywhere,” Ray Donovan, DEA Special Agent in Charge added. “On Monday, we arrested a Michigan man and his ex-wife who had brought eight kilograms of heroin/fentanyl to New York for resale. Through a collaborative law enforcement operation, the traffickers were arrested and hundreds of thousands of dosage units taken off the streets.”
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