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Archive for November 3rd, 2021

DEA Seizes Largest Amount of Cocaine Destined for New York in More Than a Decade

By Steve Neavling

The DEA seized more than a ton of cocaine that was destined for New York, and three people were indicted for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy. 

It was the largest seizure of cocaine headed to New York in more than a decade, according to DEA Special Agent in Charge Roy Donavan. 

“A multimillion-dollar storm of cocaine was seized before it could wreak havoc in the Northeast,” Donovan said in a statement.  “Over one ton of cocaine was seized, making it the largest cocaine seizure destined for the streets of New York in over a decade.  This seizure signifies a shift in the illegal drug landscape in New York, with cocaine seizures rising more than 150% in the last year.  DEA and our law enforcement partners will continue to guard against drug trafficking organizations’ tactics and techniques to smuggle drugs into our country.”

Jorge Aponte-Guzman, 33, Nelson Agramonte-Minaya, 37, and Carlos Maisonet-Lopez, 32, face up to life in prison on charges of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute at least 5 kilograms of cocaine. 

According to federal prosecutors, the drugs were inside 10 large metal law rollers in a rental van. 

“A seizure of this magnitude underscores the critical importance of working together with our federal and local law enforcement partners in the DEA Westchester Task Force, Westchester County Police Commissioner Thomas A. Gleason said. “The tremendous work and dedication of the DEA and Task Force Investigators has interrupted a major drug distribution operation and prevented approximately one ton of dangerous, illegal narcotics from being distributed on the streets of our area.” 

Read the full indictment here.

FBI Has a Theory on Mysterious Sightings of a Jet Pack Guy in the Skies of Los Angeles

By Steve Neavling

The FBI may have solved one of its strangest cases in years: A man in a jet pack flying at impossible altitudes in the skies of Los Angeles. 

On several occasions in less than a year, pilots have reported seeing what appeared to be a man in a jet pack. 

The FBI began investigating, and now it has a theory. 

“The FBI has worked closely with the FAA to investigate reported jet pack sightings in the Los Angeles area, none of which have been verified,” the FBI said in a statement, The Los Angeles Times reports. “One working theory is that pilots might have seen balloons.”

The sighting dates back to December 2020, when a viral video on social media appeared to a show a jet pack 3,000 feet above the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. 

Then on Aug. 30, an American Airlines pilot reported “a guy in a jet pack” in the sky. That was followed by a similar sighting in October by a Chinese Airlines pilot, who reported the jet pack was flaying at an altitude of 6,000 feet.

Once confined to science fiction, jetpacks are becoming more popular. Still, it’s uncommon for jetpacks to fly anywhere near 3,000 feet.