NEW YORK._ Carlos Betancourt Morales, a drug dealer boricua drug, used a dog breed “Labrador Mutt” as “mule” and the animal was sent from Puerto Rico to John F. Kennedy airport, carrying heroin valued at $1 million dollars.
The puerto rican was so “ingenious”, which was presented to the terminal with his accomplice Samuel Seabrooks to pick up the animal and take it with the drug of the city, but police officers that they observed, were more astute and noticed that something weird was going on in the movements of the men.
The heroin, which was hidden in a “nail” made in the bottom of the cage, was detected, seized, and Moral and Seabrooks arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance, being prosecuted in a Criminal Court in Queens, according to a release from the prosecutor’s office of that press release, issued yesterday, Monday.
Both men had met earlier that night, around 6:00 in the afternoon, in the restaurant “Bronx International House of Pancakes” and they drove in carriages separated to the airport to pick up the package that is unlawful, in accordance with the record.
Arrived at JFK at 7:00 in the evening, we parked and chatted briefly before Betancourt Morales entered in the cargo area of American Airlines and signed a receipt for the delivery of the cage 86 pounds, prosecutors said.
The police stopped him when he took the reins of the dog and the stash of drugs outside the building on a cart with wheels.
The police, with a search warrant and found 10 packets of heroin in the form of bricks wrapped in plastic. The heroin were stamped with the marks “Nike Swoosh and “Five Stars”.
Seabrooks told the police that he did not know what the puerto rican was to find at the airport.
«I met Carlos. I didn’t know what we were picking. I was there just to show you how to get to the airport», said the researchers.
They were processed on Sunday night and they set bail of $500,000.
Each faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
«It is alleged that the man’s best friend, was used in an attempt to introduce drugs in the city, but a great work of the police led to the seizure of over 10 kilograms of heroin hidden inside a cage of dog,» said Queens district attorney Richard Brown in a statement.
The dog was handed over to the care of the Association for the protection of Animals (ASPCA) and was subjected to an evaluation veterinary.
It is not clear if the men will face additional charges related to the animal.
A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said the office does not comment on ongoing investigations.
By Miguel Cruz Tejada