$24 million worth of illegal drugs seized from hidden New York apartment


The “Amazon Warehouse” for illegal drugs was discovered in a Bronx apartment where an estimated $24 million worth of illicit substances were smuggled, prosecutors said Wednesday.

An investigation led the Drug Enforcement Agency’s New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force to the Henwood Place apartment near Walton Ave. in Morris Heights on Monday evening, where the multimillion-dollar stash was found.

“While this case is consistent with the tendency of high profile traffickers to sell many different types of drugs, it is highly unusual to find such large quantities concentrated in one location,” prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said.

When the task force arrived at the third-floor apartment, Julio Mota Plasencia, 39, allegedly ran into a bedroom at the back of the apartment and stood on a window sill, the office said. New York City Special Narcotics Attorney.

Agents and officers seized more than 240 pounds of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine and 50 pounds of what is believed to be crystal meth strewn about the hideout, narcotics prosecutors said.

They also discovered 75,000 counterfeit pills stamped “M-30” in an attempt to look like 30mg of oxycodone.

Officials believe the fake pills contain fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that the DEA says is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, prosecutors said. The drugs seized will be subjected to laboratory analysis.

As authorities uncovered the huge stash of drugs and paraphernalia, they also came across a cupboard hiding three zip-lock bags filled with heroin and four boxes of rifle ammunition totaling 80 rounds, officials said.

Mota Plasencia was arrested at the apartment and charged with acting as a major trafficker and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He had multiple forms of identification with false aliases, including a Dominican Republic driver’s license, in the apartment, officials said.

Mota Plasencia is being held at Rikers Island pending trial, according to Department of Correction records.


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