New York: Police dog helps arrest hispanics who were hiding huge amounts of cocaine (PHOTOS)

A police dog found more than 12 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment of an apartment in the Bronx The cocaine found is wor...

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  • A police dog found more than 12 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment of an apartment in the Bronx
  • The cocaine found is worth almost $600,000
  • The alleged drug traffickers also had $125,000 in cash

A police dog found more than 24 pounds (12 kilograms) of cocaine hidden in a secret bathroom stall in the apartment of a Hispanic man in the Bronx, New York.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), State Police and Port Authority Police announced the arrest of three suspected drug traffickers linked to the seizure of the large amount of valued cocaine at approximately $600,000.

Police dog denounces Hispanics who were hiding cocaine and money

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Additionally, the suspects had about $ 125,000 in cash.

According to a formal accusation presented by the Special Prosecutor for Narcotics, the Hispanic of Manhattan, César Chávez, 51, was charged as the alleged intellectual trafficker who oversaw the drug trafficking operation.

The operation ensured large quantities of cocaine were distributed amid a shortage related to the coronavirus pandemic, according to The New York Post.

For their part, his nephew Cristian Rodríguez Chávez, 32, and Roberto Javier-Batista, 38, both from the Bronx, were also arrested in the operation.

Police found a large amount of cash inside a backpack and half a kilogram of cocaine under a chair in the apartment located at 1500 Popham Ave. that is presumed to belong to César Chávez.

While the Port Authority police searched the home, the police dog named Balu led the officers to the bathroom, where most of the drugs were found hidden in a secret compartment behind the dressing table.

Police dog denounces Hispanics who were hiding cocaine and money

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The arrests took place on September 3, when state police and DEA agents were conducting an ongoing narcotics trafficking investigation.

Agents noted that César Chávez was carrying a brick-shaped package wrapped in plastic as he left his alleged apartment with Javier-Batista.

Later, the couple got into a car, with Chávez at the wheel. When the state police asked them to stop the vehicle, Javier-Batista allegedly fled the car where they were transporting the package.

That same night, during a follow-up, the police saw Chávez leave the building and enter a vehicle driven by Rodríguez Chávez. After a few minutes, authorities saw Javier-Batista climb into the back seat with what appeared to be the same brick-shaped package they had seen in the afternoon.

Police dog reveals Hispanics who were hiding cocaine and money

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According to the police, when they stopped the vehicle they noticed that Javier-Batista was trying to hide the package under the driver’s seat.

Officers seized the package, which was later determined to contain 2.2 pounds of cocaine.

Later, the authorities used Chávez’s keys to enter the apartment and search it.

The police dog discovered the arsenal of drugs while the suspects were in the back of the police car.

According to the agents who were in the patrol guarding the detainees, a security alert sounded on Chávez’s cell phone when the agents entered the house.

The cocaine packages that were hidden in the bathroom were labeled with a “Chinese dragon seal,” prosecutors said.

“The conduct charged in this case is blatant. The defendants’ alleged cocaine business flourished as the Bronx and the rest of New York City battled the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said the New York City Special Narcotics Attorney, Bridget G. Brennan, in a statement.

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“After evading the police, the defendants immediately returned to the scene of the crime, where the agents and investigators were waiting for them,” he added.

“The recovery of $ 125,000 in cash and cocaine worth more than half a million dollars from an apartment in Morris Heights will take a toll on their high-end trafficking operation,” Brennan said.

César Chávez was charged with operating as a large trafficker and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and third degree.

Both Rodríguez Chaves and Javier-Batista were also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and third degrees.

“As traffickers navigate COVID-affected drug markets, their drug stocks become more valuable and their methods of concealment more necessary, as evidenced by this investigation,” said the special agent in charge of the DEA, Ray Donovan, in a statement.

“I applaud our law enforcement partners for their diligent work and efforts to protect our nation from the dangers of drug use and abuse,” said Donovan.

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