Police Find Over $10 Million Worth of Cocaine Near Hunts Point Food Market

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

Authorities in the Bronx this week discovered more than $10 million worth of cocaine apparently smuggled into Hunts Point on a produce truck, officials said.

DEA agents conducting a surveillance operation, along with a Port Authority K-9 unit, uncovered the hidden shipment of seventy heat-sealed bricks of cocaine on Wednesday, officials said.

The drugs were initially smuggled into a Longfellow Avenue warehouse, brought there on board a truck that carried papayas, coconuts, and other produce, officials said. The location is near the popular Hunts point food markets, through which thousands of trucks pass each day.

“This investigation uncovered a commercial warehouse close to the busy Hunts Point markets that served as a front for international narcotics importation,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, whose office is prosecuting the case. “The sheer amount of cocaine seized in one week reflects the magnitude of this drug operation.”

The driver caught transporting the drugs, Miguel Marte-Veras, 31, was arrested on charges of operating as a major trafficker and criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to prosecutors. An attorney for Marte-Veras could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, incarceration, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, and the New York Post, among other publications. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.