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Suspected Mexican cartel leader smuggled 44 pound of fentanyl in NYC, officials say

Francisco Quiroz-Zamora, 41, was arrested in November after he traveled to New York City for the collection of a payment from an undercover agent posing as a drug dealer, authorities said.

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A suspected Mexican cartel drug kingpin was charged Tuesday in the seizure of 44 pounds of fentanyl from a sting operation at the end of last year, the officials said.

Francisco Quiroz-Zamora, 41, was arrested in November after he traveled to New York City for the collection of a payment from an undercover agent posing as a drug dealer, authorities said. Officials charged him in connection with the opioid attachment at a Bronx hotel and a luxury apartment in Manhattan.

Authorities used undercover agents to follow Quiroz-Zamora transfer of Mexico, Arizona, and California and New York, according to the New York Post.

He supposedly stashed in a bag filled with fentanyl over a vending machine in the Bronx hotel and five-pound was stored in a Central Park West apartment, according to the New York Daily News.

An investigation into Quiroz-Zamora’s alleged trafficking in human beings was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration), the office of Special Narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan and other agencies.

Quiroz-Zamora is supposed to be a leader of the mexican Sinaloa Cartel, according to the New York Post. He was reportedly working under the nickname “Gordo.”

“This research provides the American public with an inside view of a day in the life of a Sinaloa Cartel drug trafficker; including international travel, money pick-ups, and clandestine meetings,” DEA Special Agent James J. Hunt said.

Five of Quiroz-Zamora’s alleged accomplices were also charged in the smuggling ring.

Fatal overdoes of fentanyl reached an all-time high of more than 1,400 in New York City in 2017, the officials said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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