WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Two people arrested at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers on Wednesday with 10,000 glassine envelopes of heroin were part of a larger investigation that included the seizure of $4 million worth of heroin in the Bronx, authorities said.
Marvin Rosa, 27, and Cheyenne Baker, 20, were arrested in Yonkers after heroin, labeled "7up," was observed being exchanged in a gray backpack in a black Jeep at the Cross County Shopping Center, the Drug Enforcement Administration said.
The DEA said task force members were conducting surveillance of an apartment building in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx when agents saw a person leave the building carrying the gray backpack and drive away in the black Jeep, DEA officials said.
Task force members followed the Jeep to the Cross County Shopping Center where the driver met with Rosa, who entered the Jeep and left with the backpack, the DEA said.
After the exchange, Rosa put the backpack in the trunk of a silver Ford Focus he joined Baker and briefly went into the shopping center before they returned to the vehicle and drove off.
A DEA agent stopped the Ford Focus in the vicinity of 35 Vredenburgh Ave. Upon searching the vehicle’s trunk, agents and officers recovered the gray backpack, which contained approximately 10,000 individual dose glassine envelopes of heroin branded with the stamp “7-Up," DEA official said.
Rose and Baker were placed under arrest.
Wednesday evening, task force members obtained a search warrant for the Bronx apartment and agents, officers and investigators conducted a search of the apartment and recovered 16 kilograms of heroin, including approximately 10 kilograms of heroin in powder form, a packaged kilogram of heroin and approximately six kilograms of heroin contained in individual glassine envelopes wrapped in paper, they added.
They also recovered packaging materials and paraphernalia, including ink stamps, grinders, electronic scales and hundreds of empty glassine envelopes.
The DEA estimates the black market value of the heroin at $4 million.
Jose Genao, 23, of Manhattan and Luis Amador, 28, and Carlos Soto, 32, of the Bronx were arrested at the apartment building. All five are facing felony charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy.
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