NYPD detectives busted a drug smuggler in the Bronx with up to $10 million worth of fentanyl that he stashed inside coolers filled with fish on Thursday.
The detectives have been surveilling suspect Johnny De Los Santos as part of their probe on drug trafficking. De Los Santos was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance after the police found nearly nine pounds of fentanyl inside his vehicle.
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The police searched the suspect’s car on Thursday at Leland Avenue and Archer Street in Parkchester and officers saw the two boxes in the back seat of De Los Santos’ 2017white Acura MDX.
Found inside the boxes were two Stryrofoam coolers. One had a fish wrapped around two brick-shaped packages of fentanyl. There was also another brick tucked inside a vacuum-sealed package of chili. The cops added that the second cooler contained a fourth brick of fentanyl wrapped with fish.
The 35-year-old suspect was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court last Friday. Bail has been set at $150,000 cash or $250,000 bond. He is set to appear in court again on February 28. The city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor is behind the case.