Federal authorities pulled over two pickup trucks in Elmhurst, Queens Tuesday (January 26) and discovered that both vehicles were carrying 100 pounds of heroin between the two, worth an estimated $14 Million. The two drivers, 65-year-old Jose Guadencio Lantan-Vela and 33-year-old Peter Omar Garcia-Romero, were driving the trucks with North Carolina plates and were pulled over at around 8:45 p.m after they were seen circling the same block several times.
The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency had been staking out the area in hopes of apprehending drug dealers and found just what they were looking for as both drivers gave inconsistent answers, which furthered raised their suspicions. The drug sniffing K-9 unit was brought in and alerted the DEA of narcotics being present on the scene. Both trucks were transported to DEA’s Manhattan location and furthered inspected where heroin packages were discovered inside the bed of one truck and hidden in an axle of another, along with inside a shaft casing.
Lantau-Vela and Garcia-Romero are both natives of Guatemala and entered the United States a few weeks ago.