NEW YORK – An alleged drug trafficker, was accused on Tuesday of overload of the New York City area with large quantities of fentanyl from Mexico at a time that an overdose associated with powerful opioids have skyrocketed.
Francisco Quiroz-Zamora facing drug-trafficking conspiracy after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration), the office of Special Narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan and other law enforcement agencies.
Quiroz-Zamora, 41, was arrested in a sting operation late last year after he traveled to New York City for the collection of a payment from an undercover agent posing as a drug dealer, authorities said. An indictment in state court against him in connection with the seizure of more than 44 pounds of fentanyl last year in a hotel in the Bronx and an apartment in upper Manhattan, used as a stash house.
An arrest for Quiroz-Zamora was scheduled for later Tuesday. The name of his lawyer was not immediately available.
Last year, seizures of fentanyl in the cases provided for by the narcotics officer of justice increased from 35 pounds to 491 pounds. At the same time, fatal overdoses tied to fentanyl reached an all-time high of more than 1,400 in New York City in 2017, the officials said.
The drug is much stronger than heroin and cheaper to produce, so the potential profit margin is much higher for traffickers, who usually mix it with heroin for sale to users who often do not know what they will get, the officials said.
According to the AMERICAN authorities, Quiroz-Zamora, who lived in San Jose del Cabo in Baja, had the drugs smuggled by cars, trucks, and couriers across the border in Arizona and California for the supplies reached the New York City area. Last year, an undercover agent posing as a drug dealer reached Quiroz-Zamora over the phone and struck a deal with him to buy the fentanyl for between $45,000 and $50,000 per kilo, authorities said.
In November, Quiroz-Zamora travels to New York to collect a payment from the undercover agent, authorities said. Agents intercepted him as he arrived with the train to Penn Station in Manhattan.