WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A trio was busted with more than a dozen kilograms of cocaine and nearly 20,000 envelopes of heroin in a Yonkers house.
Joon Kim, the acting United States District Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the arrests of Ansley Estrella, Ronald Leon and Luis Oscar Reyes this week, after they were busted “with conspiracy to distribute and possess with into to distribute” the drugs.
According to Kim, on Dec. 7, members of the Yonkers Police Department received a report of a dispute outside a Yonkers home. Upon arrival at the home, officers saw Estrella walk out of the home, claiming that he lived with his girlfriend at the residence, and no one was in the residence. However, police said that the officers said they could see the silhouettes of people moving inside the house, although Estrella repeated that nobody was in the home.
Police said that as officers approached the open front door, they saw Reyes and Leon with surgical masks on, prompting the officers to enter the home. Kim said that officers walked through the house to see if there were any additional people committing an ongoing crime or if there were victims in the house. In a room on the second floor, they found white powder, respiratory masks, and, in an open closet, a large number of glassine envelopes and scales.
In the garage of the home, an officer found a car with an open shopping bag, which had “bundles of decks of heroin” inside. A search warrant was executed at the home, and police found 13 kilogram-sized bricks of cocaine and 19,598 glassine envelopes containing heroin, 813 tan pills stamped M30, a small number of plastic bags and clear knotted twists containing white chunky substances, a scale, five small grinders, assorted stamp pads and stamps, a metal kilogram press, and a money-counting machine.
Estrella, Leon and Reyes were each arrested and charged with one count of narcotics conspiracy, and one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and aiding and abetting the same.
“After receiving a call about suspicious activity near a house in suburban Yonkers, responding officers allegedly discovered massive quantities of cocaine and heroin, as well as drug paraphernalia, in that home,” Kim stated.
“We commend our law enforcement partners for their swift and effective response to this potentially dangerous situation, and the citizens who notified them when something just didn’t look right. Citizens can play an important role in keeping dangerous drugs, including opioids, off our streets.”
Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner added that, “A thorough investigation conducted by the responding Yonkers police officers resulted in the discovery of a large scale narcotics distribution operation and the arrest of three individuals.
“A parent’s worst fear is a heroin dealer setting up shop next door,” DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt noted.
“This case is a reminder that drug traffickers’ greed outweighs the safety of their neighbors. Law enforcement is committed to keeping a vigilant eye out for drug dealers like these whose trafficking encourages heroin abuse, crime and drug-related violence, allegedly.”
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