Major drug trafficker, 12 others arrested in citywide drug bust

A significant New York City drug trafficker and 12 others had been nabbed in a citywide, multi-agency drug bust following a year-long investigation into narcotics and gun trafficking in Brooklyn and Queens, officers introduced Saturday.

During the prolonged investigation, an undercover officer bought giant quantities of fentanyl, cocaine and heroin with a avenue worth of greater than $3 million, in keeping with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

In whole, 33 kilos of cocaine and 25 kilos of fentanyl mixtures had been seized together with an assault weapon and three weapons.

Law enforcement recognized 41-year-old Nelson Cruz because the ringleader of the operation. He is charged with working as a significant trafficker.

Cruz and 12 others had been arrested in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx on fees contained in two indictments and two legal court docket complaints that had been filed on Saturday.

Law enforcement found and seized 33 kilos of cocaine and 25 kilos of fentanyl mixtures.
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According to the DEA, roughly one 12 months in the past, defendant Manuel Suriel allegedly started promoting cocaine at a restaurant in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Officials stated Suriel launched a number of different alleged drug traffickers to a “co-representative of Cruz” about promoting narcotics in Queens and Brooklyn.

Suriel and the Cruz co-rep made their first sale to an undercover cop in October 2021. The second sale was for 100 grams of fentanyl in trade for $5,100 in a Target parking zone in College Point, Queens.

By January 2021, the investigation shifted its consideration from Suriel to Cruz and his group, which relies out of the Richmond Hill and South Ozone neighborhoods in Queens. Cruz and his gang, investigators discovered, would often make large-scale narcotics gross sales within the $10,000-$16,000 vary.

An undercover officer posed as a customer to purchase large amounts of fentanyl, cocaine and heroin that had a street value of $3 million.

An undercover officer posed as a buyer to buy giant quantities of fentanyl, cocaine and heroin that had a avenue worth of $3 million.
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A wiretap investigation revealed Cruz was conspiring with different defendants to distribute narcotics all through town. Cruz was receiving imported shipments of cocaine from Puerto Rico and fentanyl from Mexico. By February, he was dealing weapons, officers stated.

The first arrest was made on June 7 and the ultimate on June 15 after police executed search warrants at areas in Brooklyn and Queens and the Bronx that yielded the huge quantities of medicine and a number of other weapons.

Detectives totaled Nelson Cruz's drug ring sales in the $10,000-$16,000 range.
Detectives totaled Nelson Cruz’s drug ring gross sales within the $10,000-$16,000 vary.
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“Dismantling fentanyl trafficking organizations is our precedence as a result of out of all unlawful medication, fentanyl is killing the most individuals. This investigation highlights how drug traffickers are armed and harmful, promoting medication and weapons on our metropolis streets,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarantino III stated in an announcement.

The New York Drug Enforcement Task Force Group T-23 and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Investigators Unit led the investigation, officers stated.



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