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Officials said on Tuesday that when the authorities recently arrested three drug dealers, they found more than one ton of cocaine destined for New York hidden in a metal road roller.
The authorities stated that the 920 kg of cocaine was the largest seizure of cocaine shipped to New York City in more than a decade.
"A multimillion-dollar cocaine storm was seized before it caused serious damage in the northeast," DEA director Ray Donovan said in a statement.
"This seizure marked a change in the illicit drug situation in New York. Cocaine seizures increased by more than 150% last year."
Prosecutors said that after Aponte-Guzman drove a rental van to the New Jersey loading dock and found 460 kilograms of weight, suspected drug traffickers Jorge Aponte-Guzman, Nelson Agramonte-Minaya and Carlos Maisonet-Lopez were arrested in September.
The official said he then met with his two co-defendants in a house in New Jersey, where the FBI arrested them and confiscated the Coke. The medicine is hidden in a lawn roller or a small steam roller used to level the ground.
Officials said that the next day, DEA agents seized another 10 lawn mowers from the loading dock, which contained 460 kilograms of coke.
The suspects are each accused of conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, a charge that could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
"DEA and our law enforcement partners will continue to guard against the strategies and techniques used by drug trafficking organizations to smuggle drugs into our country," he added.