920 kilos of cocaine on its way to NYC seized, the DEA says

More than a ton of cocaine on its way to the Big Apple was found hidden in metal lawn rolls when authorities recently beat a trio of drug smugglers, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities said the 920kg of cocaine represents the largest seizure of cocaine destined for New York City in more than a decade.

“A multimillion-dollar storm of cocaine was seized before it could wreak havoc in the Northeast,” DEA Special Agent Ray Donovan said in a statement.

“This seizure means a shift in the illegal drug landscape in New York, where cocaine seizures have increased by more than 150% in the last year.”

The suspected drug pushers Jorge Aponte-Guzman, Nelson Agramonte-Minaya and Carlos Maisonet-Lopez were busted in September after Aponte-Guzman drove a rental car to a loading dock in New Jersey and picked up 460 kilos of blows, prosecutors said.

The picture shows the seized cocaine next to open, empty lawn rolls.
The cocaine was hidden inside metal rolls that were typically used to level the surface of lawns or press seeds into topsoil.

He then met with his two co-defendants in a house in New Jersey, where the FBI beat them and seized the cola, officials said. The substances were stored inside lawn rollers or mini-steam rollers that were used to flatten the ground.

The next day, DEA agents seized another 10 lawns from the loading dock, which had an additional 460 kilograms of coke hidden inside them, officials said.

The suspects were each charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 5kg of cocaine, a charge that carries a potential maximum sentence of life in prison.

The picture shows bundles of cocaine next to an empty lawn roll.
Cocaine seizures have risen more than 150% in the past year, according to DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan.

“The DEA and our law enforcement partners will continue to protect themselves against the tactics and techniques of drug trafficking organizations for smuggling drugs into our country,” he added.


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