Drug Enforcement Administration
Four kilograms of cocaine, four handguns and $86,400 were seized and nine suspects arrested in Manhattan and the Bronx.
NEW YORK --
Drug dealers hid cocaine inside boxes of children's toys and puzzles then express mailed them from Puerto Rico to New York City, according to officials Tuesday.
Four kilograms of cocaine, four handguns and $86,400 in cash were seized and nine suspects arrested in Manhattan and the Bronx in this scheme, said the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A five-month investigation found cocaine inside tool boxes and large building containers meant for toys as well as drug proceeds allegedly laundered by an employee of a Manhattan check cashing firm, authorities said.
Pictures released by the DEA show boxes filled with rainbow-colored puzzle pieces that were used to hide the cocaine.
The alleged ringleader, Jose Diaz, 28, also known as Jose David Diaz-Ortega, kept stacks of $100 bills in his Bronx home where officials say they recovered $86,400 and a .380 caliber handgun. He reportedly directed associates in Puerto Rico to slip kilograms of cocaine inside the toy boxes and send them via express mail to drop off addresses in Manhattan and the Bronx, authorities said.
Diaz and eight others face a variety of drug and ther charges and are expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, officials said.
Story rom: wnbc.com