- The money and heroin was concealed in hydraulic compartments inside pieces of furniture
- Officials say three men moved the contraband between Texas, New York and Massachusetts
Three men were arrested for their part in what officials are calling an interstate drug operation, where they allegedly moved money and drugs throughout the country by concealing the contraband in secret compartments hidden inside pieces of furniture.
The men were arrested after federal agents observed them allegedly moving several pieces of furniture in and out the Bronx storage facility on Saturday. The bust was the culmination of a long-term investigation into the operation, that was centered on the storage unit, registered to one of the men.
Bridget G. Brennan, New York City's Special Narcotics Prosecutor, was proud of the efforts of all involved with the investigation and arrests.
"The potential toll on human lives represented by this amount of drug money, carefully packaged and hidden in hydraulic compartments for interstate traffickers, cannot be measured," Brennan said in a statement. "This investigation demonstrates how lucrative and highly organized the lethal narcotics trade has become."
According to Brennan's press release, the three men moved the heroin from Texas to sell in New York and Lawrence, MA, a city 30 miles north of Boston. Authorities believe the suspects would send the money back to Texas concealed inside the same furniture.
Along with contraband-filled furniture inside the storage unit, authorities discovered similarly modified pieces of furniture inside a U-Haul truck as well as a Dodge Caravan outfitted with a secret compartment in the floor. Inside the minivan's glove box, officials also found a bottle of fox urine, that officials say, was used to mask the smell of narcotics.