DEA: Drug traffickers sent laced toys through mail
The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Wednesday the arrests of 13 people accused in a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring that mailed narcotics from Puerto Rico to New York.
The suspects sent 45 pounds of the drugs in children's toys and exercise equipment, authorities say, and sent them through the United States Postal Service.
One of the suspects, Ariel Lopez Acosta, allegedly tried to evade arrest carrying $100,000 cash and $90,000 worth of jewelry, along with some steroids. If convicted of the most serious charges, he could face life imprisonment.
Investigators say that in all they recovered about $4.5 million in cocaine and heroin, $150,000 cash and the jewelry.
Authorities say they eavesdropped on phone calls, social media and text messages for the investigation.
Five of the suspects are from the Bronx. The rest are from other parts of New York or Puerto Rico.