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Trio busted for smuggling heroin, more than $4M in pieces of furniture to the Bronx




Authorities arrested three drug dealers accused of smuggling heroin in pieces of household furniture, officials said Tuesday. Cops grabbed Jorge Pizarro, 41, Nelson DeJesus, 40, and Miguel Angeles, 27, saying they tried to make an end-run around police by secreting more than 6 pounds of heroin in wooden end tables they transported from Texas and kept in a Bronx storage unit, officials said. The drugs were stashed in compartments in the end tables, officials said. Artie Lange arrested for cocaine, heroin possession Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York Bridget G. Brennan, Special Narcotics Prosecutor The cash was also smuggled in the furniture on the return trip, officials said. (HANDOUT) More than $4.1 million was also found, city Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said. “This investigation demonstrates how lucrative and highly organized the lethal narcotics trade has become,” Brennan said. “The potential toll on human lives represented by this amount of drug money, carefully packaged and hidden in hydraulic compartments for interstate traffickers, cannot be measured.” Drug investigators from the Special Narcotics Prosecutors office, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Homeland Security arrested Pizarro and his two cohorts on Saturday night as they unloaded the furniture from a unit they rented at Secure Self Storage on Zerega Ave. near Bruckner Blvd. in Unionport. Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York Bridget G. Brennan, Special Narcotics Prosecutor The drugs were stashed in compartments in the end tables, officials said. (HANDOUT) Cops cuffed the trio after they loaded the furniture onto a U-Haul truck, officials said. They also had a Dodge Caravan with them. Spirit Airlines pilot and wife die of suspected drug overdose On Monday, investigators executed search warrants on the two vehicles, finding the furniture and drugs in the U-Haul, officials said. Cops also found a secret compartment in the Caravan and a bottle of fox urine — marked deer hunters grade — which is known to be used by traffickers to cover the smell of narcotics, police said. Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York Bridget G. Brennan, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Cops also found a secret compartment in the Caravan and a bottle of fox urine — marked deer hunters grade — which is known to be used by traffickers to cover the smell of narcotics, police said. (HANDOUT) Officials charged the three suspects with drug possession, officials said. For the last year, investigators have been watching Pizarro, who they believe oversees an interstate narcotics-trafficking operation that shuttles heroin from Texas to New York City and Lawrence, Mass., where the drugs are sold, authorities said. 'Zombie' trio staggers on street while allegedly high on heroin The storage unit was rented in Pizarro’s name, according to officials. Investigators believe the money they seized was going to be used to purchase another shipment of heroin. The cash was also smuggled in the furniture on the return trip, officials said. A judge ordered Pizarro held on $750,000 during his arraignment Monday. DeJesus was ordered held on $300,000 bail and Angeles was arraigned on $100,000 bail, officials said


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