A man believed to be responsible for flooding the New York area with the dangerous drug fentanyl has been arrested, according to local sources. New York authorities closed in on the Mexican native after he was fingered by an undercover agent who says the man imported some 44 pounds of fentanyl into the area. The sentence for drug crime charges of this severity could see the man in prison for years if he is found guilty.
According to police records, the 41-year-old man was arrested in late 2017 following a sting operation, after he allegedly attempted to collect payment for drugs from an undercover agent. He is believed to have been in possession of the fentanyl in a Bronx hotel. He has been remanded to custody, held without bail, since March 27.
Authorities believe the man had smuggled the fentanyl into the country from Mexico via car, couriers and trucks through the states of Arizona and California. An undercover officer who posed as a drug dealer apparently offered to purchase the drugs at a rate of $45,000 to $50,000 per kilogram. The man came to New York in November of last year, ostensibly to receive payment.
Obviously, drug crime charges of this caliber require a very intense investigation before charges can be filed. In this case, New York authorities will have to prove the man indeed imported drugs to the state. The man's defense counsel will attempt to deflect these charges through determining whether the long and involved investigation aligned with protecting the man's rights throughout the process.
Source: silive.com, "Alleged drug trafficker charged in smuggling fentanyl from Mexico", March 27, 2018