Carmen Garcia, Rose Vasquez arrested in $5 million heroin bust

Officers say they seized 44 pounds of heroin during the arrests. (6/20/14)

THE BRONX - Two women are behind bars for their alleged roles in a major heroin-trafficking scheme in the Bronx. 

According to authorities, 44 pounds of heroin with a street value of $5 million was seized from inside a van that the women had parked in a Morris Avenue lot. 

Police say 29-year-old Carmen Garcia and 25-year-old Rose Vasquez had been followed from a suspected heroin packaging location on Creston Avenue and 180th Street. 

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The drug bust was the culmination of a long-term joint investigation by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, the NYPD, the Drug Enforcement Agency and state police. 

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