tzahiV/iStock(NEW YORK) — Federal agents, the NYPD and the Bronx District Attorney have announced the largest cocaine seizure in New York City in recent years after a year-long investigation.The bust, involving 19 defendants, amplifies the recent trend of cocaine becoming a stronger drug threat. Larger loads are being sent directly to New York and there is more production in Colombia, where producers are mixing cocaine with fentanyl to satisfy the opioid-addicted, officials said.The 176 pounds of cocaine with a street value of nearly $3 million were on display at Wednesday’s news conference.In this seizure, the dealers joined forces to corner the market for cocaine on the street and in clubs around the city. The traffickers exploited the addicted and sought new customers in the club scene, pushing fentanyl-laced cocaine along with Ecstasy and Ketamine, police said.There’s also an international component here. Two of the defendants conspired to import pills from overseas via international mail. Authorities in Belgium intercepted 1.25 pounds of pure controlled substances before they could reach their destinations in the Bronx and Manhattan.Two of the defendants were charged with operating as a major trafficker, which carries a minimum of 15-25 years to maximum of life in prison if convicted, according to authorities.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Weekend storms brought 700 damaging storm reports, including 19 reported tornadoes from Texas to Virginia. People across the country are still cleaning up from this storm while several new storms are already slamming the West. Ten states in the West are under multiple alerts Monday morning.A western storm has already been hitting Seattle hard overnight with snow which has caused accidents, spinouts and power outages. This storm is not the end, however, and there is more on the way for the rest of the week. Yet another storm will move into the West on Wednesday bringing more heavy snow and heavy rain. By Wednesday night, the storm will reach the San Francisco Bay area with heavy rain and it is expected to hit Los Angeles by Thursday afternoon. Heavy rain is also expected for coastal Oregon and the California coast, especially in the middle to the end of the week.Dozens of record highs were smashed across the East Coast this past weekend from Florida to Maine. Several cities hit all-time January record highs, where Boston reached 74 degrees and Naples, Florida, hit near 90 degrees.The heat is over for the Northeast and temperatures are closer to normal Monday morning but parts of the Southeast remain very warm for this time of the year with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.